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MPs backed the Affordable Homes Bill at second reading by 306 votes to 231. Lib Dem MP Andrew George's private member's bill will now move to detailed scrutiny at the committee stage. The issue has split the coalition, with Lib Dem and Tory MPs and ministers voting along party lines. The BBC's parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy said there was now a "fighting chance" the bill would become law.
And Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has committed to scrapping the benefit cuts - dubbed the "bedroom tax" by critics - if he becomes prime minister, said it was further evidence that David Cameron's authority was dwindling. "He is losing his MPs, he is losing votes in the House of Commons and it is Labour which is setting the agenda for fairness," he said.