Liam Byrne slams benefits vote after 'one day's debate'

The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne is tweeting about tonight's vote on a bill to cap benefits rises.

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Absolutely scandalous that govt trying to ram through #striverstax with just 1 days debate. They're terrified of scrutiny.

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Best way to make sure working peoples' income rise faster than benefits is to protect tax credits and this striverstax hits tax credits hard

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Our vote tonight is a defence of workers - and their incomes.

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MPs vote for 1% benefits cap

MPs have voted in favour of a proposed 1 per cent cap on raising benefits by a majority of 56. Ministers say the cap is needed because it is unfair that state handouts have been rising twice as fast as wages during recent years of austerity.