The government was humiliated as it lost a vote on the bedroom tax last week. A private members’ bill from a Lib Dem backbencher got support from 304 MPs to 267.
The bill would exempt many disabled people as well as those who haven’t been offered an alternative place to live.
This is still a long way from ending the hated policy. And it still faces a long passage through parliament.
But it is another nail in the bedroom tax’s coffin.
The Tories have already tried to delay the bill. But there is a limit to how much they can do, as a ballot of MPs put it at the top of the list of private members.
This means that holding it up for too long would scupper other bills—including the Tories’ own bill for a referendum on the European Union.
Defiant campaigning from thousands of tenants and supporters has made the policy toxic.
This has led to Labour, Lib Dems and even a growing number of Tories feeling that they have no choice but to come out against it.