Lib-Dem councillors attack spending cuts
More than 90 prominent Liberal Democrat councillors, including the leaders of 18 local authorities, have criticised the scale and pace of government cuts.
In a letter to the Times, they say cuts will have "an undoubted impact on all front-line council services, including care services to the vulnerable".
They also accuse ministers of "denigrating" councils in the media.
Lib Dem Communities Minister Andrew Stunell urged his party members not to "fall out" over "pointless debate".
The signatories, who include the leaders of Newcastle, Milton Keynes and Hull city councils, say they are facing the bulk of the cuts to their budgets in the coming financial year - giving them little time "to spread the cost of reorganisation and downsizing".
"Rather than assist the country's recovery by making savings to the public in a way that can protect local economies and the front line, the cuts are structured in such a way that they will do the opposite," they write.
This comes the day after Lord Oakeshott stood down after criticising the miserable damp squib that is Project Merlin. At long last Lib Dems are realising that they are getting nothing but ruin out of vile coalition.
The AV vote might well be crucial.