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MPs back govt on army plans

The Government has won a Commons vote on its plans to reorganise the Army. Rebels, supported by Labour, fear the changes will leave the UK short of essential troops and want a pause for the coalition to reconsider.

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  1. Carl Dinnen

Tactical concessions ensured Government victory

The Government was concerned about this at one stage, especially as Labour were voting with the rebels.

But in the end they won by a fairly comfortable - if reduced - majority of 54.

There was some fairly efficient tactical skirmishing to pick off rebels one by one with concessions, the most important of which is that they will have to now report to Parliament about how the reserves are functioning in the years ahead.

But a victory for the Government tonight and their reforms go forward.

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