The Government has suffered a series of defeats in the House of Lords tonight on various aspects of the Welfare Reform Bill.
The House of Lords was discussing amendments relating to the Employment and Support Allowance.
The Guardian reports that 3 Liberal Democrats, Jenny Tonge, Matthew Taylor and Roger Roberts voted for an amendment which protected young people’s right to claim Employment and Support Allowance.
The Government was also defeated on their one year time limit for claiming Contributory ESA. This was increased to two years by the amendment. The Liberal Democrat rebels were Dee Doocey and Jenny Tonge.
The third defeat was to exempt Cancer patients from this limit. I will update details of Liberal Democrat rebels when they are available.
Update: 5 Liberal Democrats rebelled on this vote: Eric Avebury, Dee Doocey, Shirley Williams, Jenny Tonge and Tim Clement-Jones.
Details of all 3 votes are available here.
* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings