Pro-reform Members of the European Parliament have been defeated today in their efforts to bring about a long awaited overhaul of MEPs pay and expenses.
A German led coalition of anti-reform MEPs has approved a package of proposals which has been described as "indefensible" by Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament who voted against it.
London's Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said:
"The proposal voted today is not a genuine reform package but simply another successful sabotage attempt. Ministers from EU member states will have no choice but to throw it out and we will be back to square one."