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Health & Social care Bill passes through Commons

The Health & Social Care Bill has been passed through the House of Commons by a majority of 65. The ‘Ayes to the right’ came in at 316, with the ‘Nos to the left’ at 251.

Despite the threat of a rebellion on the issue by the Liberal Democrats, only four LibDem MPs voted against the Bill, with 11 not taking part.

Speaking on the reforms at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron said: “I believe that they will lead to a stronger NHS and better outcomes for patients.”

The Bill, which has been widely opposed by the Labour Party and some Liberal Democrat MPs, will now pass to the House of Lords for consideration.