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Probe will not be led by judge - but Labour win concession that legal guidance will be provided

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Victory: Ed Balls forces the smirking Tory leader to lose his cool

Matt Chorley: Rule No. 1 - Never lose it with hecklers

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Ed Balls causes David Cameron to lose his temper – again

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The Prime Minister apologised for remarking that it was time for Labour MP Dennis Skinner to collect his pension

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