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Chancellor's Budget clears Commons hurdle amid disability cuts row

George Osborne's Budget has cleared its first Commons hurdle, its major resolutions passed by a majority of 35 MPs.

The Chancellor defended his Budget in the Commons earlier, his first public appearance since the government was forced into a U-turn over disability benefit cuts in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation.

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Conservative's David Gauke defends budget

Financial secrtary David Gauke

David Gauke, the financial secretary to the Treasury, has defended the government's budget, saying the government was "delivering for Britain".

"Jobs, growth - this is the record of this government. That is the record for the chancellor of the exchequer, and it's a record to be proud of," he said.

Mr Gauke was responding to accusations by Labour's John McDonnell that the government's budget was in "chaos" over the row concerning cuts to disability benefit.

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