REBEL Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh is ready to lead a revolt against the Government's sweeping NHS reforms – warning of "chaos and confusion" if they went ahead.
And the Southport MP predicted other Lib-Dems – and even Conservative – MPs would join the growing rebellion, adding: "MPs are waking up to the obvious problems."
Asked if he would vote against the flagship Health and Social Care Bill – which will introduce a full-blown market into the NHS – Dr Pugh replied: "That is the likely outcome, if there are not significant amendments."
The vow is significant because Dr Pugh is effectively the Lib-Dem “health spokesman”, as the chairman of a backbench committee set up to prevent the coalition's policies becoming "too Tory".
And it comes ahead of this weekend's Lib-Dem Spring Conference in Sheffield, when the party faithful are expected to launch fierce attacks on the NHS shake-up.