Business Secretary Vince Cable said he had "absolutely no knowledge" of the polls conducted by Lord Oakeshott on the future of Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat party leader.
In his resignation statement, Lord Oakeshott said Vince Cable was aware of the results of the polls, and aware he was carrying them out.
Vince Cable said he was aware of some polls, intended for the purposes of planning for next year's general election, but not any of the polls in Inverness or Sheffield Hallam, concerning Nick Clegg's tenure. Speaking from China he said he regretted the resignation of his friend.
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.