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MPs clash over controversial welfare reforms

The Labour MP for Erdington, Jack Dromey has clashed with the South Derbyshire Conservative MP Heather Wheeler over the Coalition Government's controversial welfare reforms.

Debating the changes, Mr Dromey said to so-called 'bedroom tax' will only push people into the private renting sector and so the higher rents would mean higher housing benefit bills. Mrs Wheeler, though claims the Conservatives are 'finishing' what Labour started with the local housing allowance.

Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt (Solihull) said it is 'hard' to live on £71 per week but added that it is a good that the benefits bill is being 'looked at', 'we do need to do that because it rose by nearly half under the last Labour government' she said.

The reforms, including the spare room subsidy - which has been dubbed "the bedroom tax" by Labour - came into force this month.

The full discussion will be broadcast on ITV's "The Lobby" at 11:40pm tonight,

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Tonight's political show The Lobby addresses the aftermath of the Olympic and Paralympic games

In a special report for tonight's edition of The Lobby on ITV1, Gareth Owen has been asking what needs to be done to convert the Olympic and Paralympic spirit into permanent change.

Britian's amazing summer of sport is now beind us. But for many, this is where the hard work really starts; delivering the "legacy" we've heard so much about.

The organisers want the Olympic experience to inspire more of us to take up sport. But while there is no shortage of enthusiasm at the moment ... will it last? Can the country become more active? The Lobby will be broadcast on ITV1 at 11:35pm tonight.

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