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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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George Osborne launches defence of controversial Budget

George Osborne has defended his position as Chancellor as MPs prepare to vote to approve his Budget.

Mr Osborne told the Commons that if Britain wanted to build a "strong and compassionate society" the country had to live within its means.

"We have to back business to create jobs and we have to make sure work pays by putting more money into the pockets of working people."

The Chancellor also used his opening remarks to pay tribute to Ian Duncan Smith, who resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary last week over planned controversial cuts to the welfare budget.

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