Theresa May's Brexit strategy has been dealt a devastating blow after the House of Commons rejected her EU Withdrawal Agreement by an overwhelming majority for the second time.
A package of Hertfordshire County Council budget measures have been voted through - with the county element of council tax to increase by 2.99 per cent from April.
South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen is among a group of Conservative MPs who could defect to the new Independent Group, with an announcement expected at 11am today.
Council tax is going up by nearly five per cent after a "chaotic" meeting where councillors debated ways to fill a £13 million hole in their budget.
Cambridgeshire County Council has hit out at "irresponsible" claims it is in "financial meltdown", amid claims of poor leadership and uncertainty over the authority's upcoming budget.
MPs have rejected Theresa May's Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK's EU withdrawal into doubt.
Council leader Steve Count is planning a "gesture of unity" by handing back part of his allowance in support of the 1,800 county council staff forced to take unpaid leave this Christmas as part of cost saving measures.
The next chief executive of Hertfordshire County Council has been appointed - earning him more than the Prime Minster as he rakes in £180,000 a year.