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PMQs: Cameron denies 'losing control' over Lords reform

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed Labour claims that the government's decision to delay a vote on timetabling Commons debate on Lords reform demonstrates that he has "lost control of his party".

Ministers abandoned their timetable plans on Tuesday after a backlash from Conservative backbenchers, who pledged to join Labour in voting against the government. Commons Leader Sir George Young said a revised timetable would be put to MPs in the autumn.

As the PM took MPs' questions on 11 July 2012, Labour leader Ed Miliband asked: "Who does the prime minister blame most for the disarray in his government: the Liberal Democrats, or his own backbenchers?"

But Mr Cameron strongly criticised Labour's stance on the legislation, which is supportive in principle but in favour of more time for detailed, line-by-line scrutiny of the bill.

He urged "all of those who support House of Lords reform" to also back a realistic timetable.

The PM hit out at Mr Miliband: "He came to the House of Commons last night, determined to vote yes, and then vote no.

"How utterly pathetic."

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