Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather would rather "poke her eyes out" than defect to the Labour Party despite being sacked from the government, according to the party's chief enforcer.
After the New Statesman noticed Teather had voted against the coalition plans to cap benefits, a policy she decried as "immoral and divisive", rumours swirled that this meant she was about to defect to Labour.
However the speculation was shut down by Lib Dem whip Alastair Carmichael, who tweeted: "I just asked her, says she would rather poke her own eyes out with a safety pin than join Labour. Clear enough?"
More to the point, seeing as Teather only has a 1,345 majority over Labour in her Brent Central seat, would Labour want her?