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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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No Osborne apology over disability benefit U-turn

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in the House of Commons,

The Chancellor has refused to apologise for attempting to introduce "upsetting" cuts to disability benefits before doing a U-turn on the plans.

George Osborne insisted he had listened to and learned from concerns about the cuts to the personal independence payment (PIP) and dropped the proposal.

But he did not accept former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie's invitation to say sorry for the mistake which left a £4.4 billion hole in the Budget.

Mr Osborne has taken the unusual step of opening the final day of debate in person so that he could respond to widespread concerns following ain Duncan Smith's dramatic resignation from the Cabinet.

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