The first vote on the Education Bill was passed comfortably by 458 votes to 115.

Labour says 51 of its backbenchers rebelled, so it was the Conservative Party "wot won it" for Tony Blair.

There has been a lot of commentary about this Bill being the beginning of the end for Blair. His demise will quicken that little bit more if there is prolonged scrutiny after the second vote.

See the key points of the bill, and the key quotes from the debate for more info.

Deputy Editor

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