Sarah Teather is leading the devastating charge for the LibDem rebels in this afternoon’s welfare debate. So far five LibDems are understood to be rebelling or abstaining in this evening’s vote:
Just met with #Whips and let them know I will not be voting for the Benefit Cap tonight. Hope to speak in debate, too.
— Cllr John Leech (@johnleechmcr) January 8, 2013
I will not vote for Benefits Uprating Bill tonight – I'm proud we put up benefits 5.2% last year, in line w inflation. 1% is too little #fb
— Julian Huppert (@julianhuppert) January 8, 2013
To be clear,I'll abstain tonight,but vote against at 3rd reading if I can't support an amendment at committee stage
— Adrian Sanders (@adriansanders) January 8, 2013
Andrew George is also reportedly likely to abstain. Whips will be quaking…
UPDATE: David Ward has now indicated he will rebel.