BBC News – Lib Dem members oppose NHS reforms in conference vote
Lib Dem activists have voted at their spring conference in Gateshead to oppose the government’s controversial bill to reform the NHS in England.
The party leadership lost a ballot on the issue by 314 votes to 217.
The decision is not binding on the government, but BBC correspondent Norman Smith said it was a major setback for the Lib Dem leadership.
The party leadership has argued that it has secured major concessions to the bill and it should now become law.