Lib Dem MP to abstain from benefits cap vote

The Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, Adrian Sanders, has said he will abstain from tonight's vote on a bill to cap benefits.

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To be clear,I'll abstain tonight,but vote against at 3rd reading if I can't support an amendment at committee stage

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Have met with Minister & Chief Whip to explain why I cannot support cuts to subsistence level benefits & if unable 2 amend bill will vote no

Mr Sanders is the third Liberal Democrat MP to say he will defy the party whip.

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