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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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PM calls for 'rapid review' after tax cuts defeat in Lords

David Cameron said 'a convention exists and it has been broken'. Credit: PA

David Cameron has called for a "rapid review" on the constitution of the House of Lords after they voted against the government for the first time in 100 years.

The Prime Minister's plans to cut tax credits have now been delayed after two motions were passed by peers.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is determined we will address this constitutional issue.

"A convention exists and it has been broken. He has asked for a rapid review to see how it can be put back in place."

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