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Ex Lib Dem star to quit politics

Former coalition minister Sarah Teather has accused the Liberal Democrats of failing to fight for social justice and liberal values on immigration as she announced she will stand down as an MP.

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Former minister to step down from front line politics

A former minister and prominent Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather has announced that she is to quit the House of Commons because she no longer feels that Nick Clegg's party fights sufficiently for social justice and liberal values on immigration.

Sarah Teather Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teather shot to fame when she became the youngest member of Parliament a decade ago.

She said she was left her feeling so "desolate" and "catastrophically depressed" after Clegg's tougher approach to immigration – including a plan for some immigrants to pay a £1,000 deposit when applying for visas.

Her decision to step down in 2015, reported in the Observer, will come as a blow to Clegg, just a week before his party gathers for its annual conference in Glasgow.

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