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David Cameron and Nick Clegg have formally agreed to "set aside" Cabinet collective responsiblity over boundary changes, Downing Street has revealed.
No.10 said the decision to suspend ministerial responsibility, agreed before a Lords vote yesterday, was "the first time it has happened under this Coalition".
Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood witnessed and minuted the formal agreement yesterday and considered it was permissible under current rules governing the ministerial code.
The Prime Minister also formally announced the move to Cabinet this morning, his spokesman said.
It gives the green light for Liberal Democrats to vote against the Government's legislation when it comes to the Commons.
It follows a vote from peers last night to delay the a boundary review until after the next election.
Lib Dem peers backed a Labour amendment to the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill pushing the review back until October 2018.
Mr Cameron's hopes of using the Parliament Act to overturn the amendment suffered a further setback after it emerged the SNP would join Labour and the Lib Dems in opposing the measures.
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