Nick Clegg stopped short of absolving Vince Cable from playing a part in Lord Oakeshott's attempts to undermine his position as leader but the Deputy Prime Minister's office say they are "100% convinced" that Cable was not involved.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
Altho Clegg didn't absolve Vince from the plot despite being given the chance - his office say they are "100% convinced" Vince not involved
According to Clegg's office-Vince Cable "volunteered" to write his statement from China condemning @oakeshottm attempt to undermine Clegg
Cable said he had no knowledge of the 'reprehensible' polls leaked by Lord Oakeshott on Nick Clegg's leadership.
The Liberal Democrat peer is taking a leave of absence from the Lords and resigning from the party, but is he the 'busted flush' some think?
Read the full statement from Lord Oakeshott on why he is resigning from the Liberal Democrats.