When every vote counts

The DUP and SDLP have confirmed they will be opposing the abolition of 10p tax band. With 39 Labour rebels Brown has a serious fight on his hands over a crucial part of the Finance Bill. While more are looking to the future possibility of a hung parliament, a weakened Prime Ministership will create opportunities too as it did in the Major era. If Labour wins by less than 5 votes could other parties make hay from Sinn Fein’s abstentionism with their working class base? UPDATE Brown has offered concessions and Frank Field has said his amendment could be withdrawn.