1971: The House of Commons voted in favour of entering the Common Market, by a majority of 112: the ruling Conservatives were for entry and the Labour Opposition against, though dozens of MPs on both sides broke ranks
with their parties.
Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden broke ranks
over the EUR300million Anglo Irish shares scandal and said: "I've a fairly comprehensive list - it's a case of round up the usual suspects."
Hamas broke ranks
with president Mahmud Abbas's secular Fatah party in June 2007, staging a coup against the Palestinian Authority and taking control of the impoverished enclave after more than a week of deadly infighting.
All three were Labour MPs in the 1970s before they broke ranks
with Roy Jenkins in 1981 and founded the SDP.
But when Coral broke ranks
just before Christmas last year, when new chief executive Nick Rust took over, and signed up to TurfTV, Hills and Ladbrokes followed within weeks, said Roth.
In the Senate, "Phil Gramm [of Texas] had actually succeeded in getting the votes necessary to nix new bailout money for the IMF, and it was [Nebraska Republican] Chuck Hagel who broke ranks
and squirreled the deal," former Wall Street Journal Moscow correspondent Anne Williamson recalled to THE NEW AMERICAN.
Stephen Nickell broke ranks
with colleagues on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPS) to vote in favour of a quarter-point cut in interest rates to 4.25pc.
On the day supporters nationwide paid their respects to Best by observing a minute's silence impeccably, Leeds fans who'd travelled to Millwall for a Championship clash broke ranks
You chose to commend and display photos of the two Republican senators who broke ranks
with their party to vote for the amendment.
Arena Leisure broke ranks
with the rest of British racing last month, deciding that they would employ their own stalls handlers at the group's three all-weather tracks in a bid to cut costs.