Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

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‘Conservative MPs have called on the chancellor to reconsider welfare cuts ahead of the autumn statement, after a backbench motion to pause the planned cuts passed unanimously in the House of Commons.

No MPs voted against the backbench motion to stop the planned cuts to employment support allowance and universal credit, with 127 voting in favour. However, the motion is purely symbolic, intended only as a method of sending a message to government.

During the debate, called by SNP MP Neil Gray, MPs across the house called for Philip Hammond to pause a planned ¬£29-a-week cut to ESA, which applies to those who not in employment through illness or disability but judged fit to prepare to return to work.’

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