Labour Ministers will do their best to deride the nine referendums held last week as 'stunts' but the people have spoken. Turnout was an astonishing 36.2 per cent, which is higher than many local elections. Ninety per cent of those voting said they wanted a referendum on the EU Treaty. What a fantastic initiative by the I WANT A REFERENDUM campaign. On Wednesday MPs get to vote on whether to hold a referendum or not. Around 30 Labour MPs ar expected to defy their party whip, but as usual on these issues the government will be saved by the Liberal Democrats. However, they are also split on this and Nick Clegg is going to be put in a tricky position by several of his own front bench, who will repudiate their new leader's position. If he doesn't sack them he will have demonstrated the weakness of his 51-49 winning leadership vote.
UPDATE: Full results HERE.