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A Lib Dem private members bill to water down the bedroom tax passed its first hurdle today after being backed by Labour and Lib Dem MPs.  The bill was passed by a majority of 75 votes, with 306 in favour and 231 opposed.

The private members bill was put forward by Lib Dem MP Andrew George, who also opposed the original bedroom tax legislation. It would exempt disabled claimants who need a spare bedroom, or who have adapted homes, from paying the bedroom tax.  It would also exempt claimants who had not been offered a suitable smaller home.  

This is only the second time that the Lib Dems and the Conservatives have opposed each other in a vote. The previous occasion was in relation to constituency boundary changes, when the conservatives were also defeated.

The bill will now go on to committee stage, but there is still only a very slim chance of it being made law prior to a general election.

Immediately after the votes, Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley raised a point of order accusing the Lib Dems of being ‘devious and untrustworthy’ and claiming that ‘the coalition government has come to an end’.



#7 TheGodSplinter 2014-09-09 03:00
The Coalition never truly started; they were always separate agencies, taking advantage of the benefits of APPARENT joint effort!
+1 #6 angela 2014-09-06 09:17
Wont chance and if it does can we all have our money that has been stolen from us back
+1 #5 PAUL BURNS 2014-09-05 21:56
Philip Davies ( Con ) MP, accusing the Lib Dems of being devious and untrustworthy. Well how would you describe IDS, as saying ' If you are genuinely disabled you have nothing to fear '. Would the words mislead & deceive, be the appropriate description of what he said in his election campaign ? For the genuinely disabled people of the UK what do you think ? Lets not forget he may of made an error here, or we genuines must of misunderstood him ? where is the caring society and the transparency of IDS ?
#4 Paul Richards 2014-09-05 21:18
Yes, exactly!
They should have not got into bed with the Tories in the first place - but, they wanted their six-pennyworth of power and got it!
They think that they have done themselves some good but they obviously have not. They were against the bedroom tax originally, then they voted, together with the Tories, completely for it.
In the next by-election in Clacton they will be slaughtered and in the next General Election they may just vanish and lose their miserable deposits altogether - I for one hope that they do.
They think that the people in this Country are stupid and cannot see that it is blatant electioneering - I don't think so!
#3 Blackcat 2014-09-05 20:13
There is only one thing coming out of all this. The only way this particular can of worms is ever going to get opened up is from the inside. All we have to do is to wait for that Thatcher moment,and it will all come crashing down.
+2 #2 stuart52 2014-09-05 18:03
not a case of the coalition ending, more a case of the lib-dems trying to save their rather sorry necks, I hope they enjoyed their 30 pieces of silver..... I cant see this bill going much further, I believe labour was going to scrap bedroom tax anyway, of course its all electioneering,
+3 #1 SWLABR 2014-09-05 14:48
"The Coalition has come to an end"? Well boo-frickin-hoo ! :-)

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