The Government has defeated a Labour motion to postpone the 3p fuel duty rise in January by 234 votes to 282 - a majority of 48.
But it means Labour can now go on the airwaves saying the Tories and Lib Dems voted against freezing petrol prices in 2013 (until the mini-budget on December 5)
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The National People's Congress also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president.
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The move, which had been expected, was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials.