The former leader of the Liberal Democrat party Charles Kennedy has confirmed on Twitter that he abstained from today's vote on capping benefits.
I formally abstained frm voting for a 2nd reading and am looking now to work with like-minded Lib Dems to amend the bill in its later stages
MPs have voted in favour of a Government measure to cap benefits rises. The Work Secretary says it will save £5bn from the welfare bill.
The Department for Work and Pensions has calculated the savings that the exchequer could expect if the benefit cap passes this evening.