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Review of Lords confirmed in wake of tax credit defeat

A review into how MPs can be given the "decisive role" over key financial decisions has been set up following the Government's humiliating Lords defeat over plans to cut tax credits.

Chancellor George Osborne has insisted he will press ahead with changes to reduce the welfare bill, despite the double defeat in the House of Lords.

David Cameron ordered a "rapid review" of the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament which will be chaired by former Lords leader Lord Strathclyde.

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Davidson: Tax credit cuts will cause suffering

Tax credit cuts will cause unacceptable "suffering" for poorer families, Ruth Davidson has warned.

Ruth Davidson. Credit: PA Wire

The Scottish Conservative leader is the latest Tory to voice concern over the policy.

Ms Davidson said the cuts were necessary but needed to be introduced more carefully.

"It's not acceptable. The aim is sound, but we can't have people suffering on the way," she told the Mail on Sunday.

"The idea that there's a cliff edge in April before the uptake in wages comes in is a real practical human problem and the Government needs to look again at it."

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