Hardly world-shattering news - who'd'a'thunk that rank and file Liberal Democrats might be quite liberal and pro-democracy? Not Nick Clegg, oddly, for whom the fact that his own party has voted to support itself is being characterised as something of a warning shot.

Nick Clegg should know that while the party mainstream supports him, these election results demonstrate that they want to help him resist more effectively Tory-initiated policies which are not in the coalition agreement and which are antithetical to Liberal Democrat policies and principles