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The Tories get tough

The government just set the terms of debate for the next general election

By Jay Elwes  

George Osborn

Scotland Questions was especially rumbustious today. The benches were largely full and becoming more so, as was the gallery above, crammed with schoolchildren, staring mournfully through the glass that encloses the visitors’ section. The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore (Lib Dem, Roxburgh and Selkirk), answered questions well and in good voice, without notes, or at least none that were visible on the dispatch box.

Throughout these exchanges the House seemed…

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