Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has launched a stinging rebuke, following media reports that he had claimed his Party should have a veto in Cabinet decisions.
A puce-faced Mr Hughes raged, 'What I actually said was the Liberal Democrats should have a VOTE in Cabinet decisions. A veto indeed. You must think we're all crazy!'
As the coalition government marks 100 days in office, the Lib Dems have faced renewed criticism for their apparent climbdowns over major policy issues. This is reflected in their poor performance in a recent opinion poll.
Mr Hughes added, 'I wouldn't read too much into opinion polls at this stage. We all know that only one opinion matters, and that's David Cameron's. But if we can push the Alternative Voting idea through Cabinet, maybe one day we too can have a say.'
Meanwhile, Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will today unveil the Government's plans to reduce the gap between rich and poor, by making everyone equally bankrupt.