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Tory party force government to debate pre-election report

The Tory party has had a significant success today in the Houses of Parliament after they forced the Speaker of the house to order Labour to hold a debate on the pre-budget report prior to the introduction of the VAT reduction on 1 December. This is an important victory for the Tory party as it ensures the bad economic news announced yesterday remains headline news for sometime yet.

The three-hour debate will probably be held this week and allow all parties to put forward their comments and suggestions which are sure to put the Chancellor of the Exchequer in yet more difficult situations. The debate will also give the opposition the chance to question the Treasury on plans to increase VAT to 18.5% after the next general election and why these were not released with yesterday's pre-budget report.

This debate has the makings of one of the most volatile and controversial debates in the Houses of Parliament for sometime. The government is currently there to be shot at although Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are more than capable of fighting their own corner. Who will return victorious from the debate remains to be seen but this could change the direction of recent opinion polls.

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