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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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Departing MP on moment she lost faith in Lib Dems

Sarah Teather was the coalition's initial Children Minister but lost her place to make room for the returning David Laws. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Departing Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather has said the breaking point for her faith in her party came when it backed the Tories' planned cap on welfare, while she was in Government.

"It was the moment of realising that my own party was just as afraid of public opinion as the Labour Party. Something did break for me that was never, ever repaired," she said.

Ms Teather said her role in the Coalition put her in an impossibly compromised position.

"I was spending hours worrying about how to balance fighting for what I believed in and being true to the stuff that took me into politics, while not being disloyal to my colleagues," she said.

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