Liberal MP’s will be allowed to vote freely in the third reading of the marriage equality bill. Pink News reports:
Liberal Democrat Voice reports at Tuesday’s parliamentary meeting of Lib Dem MPs, it was agreed that all would be given a free vote during next week’s Commons debate on a number of amendments to the bill. Previously, it was only agreed February’s second reading vote would be unwhipped… Mr Clegg signalled that he was now in favour of allowing his party’s MPs the freedom to vote with their conscience on the issue. “As I say, I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure,” he said. “I just fully expect Liberal Democrat MPs will vote in favour of something that we have recently formally adopted as our party policy in the Liberal Democrats.”
In the second vote, four liberal MP’s went against their party to vote against the bill.