MPs have approved the Budget after Chancellor George Osborne was forced to shelve planned cuts to disability benefits.
The changes had led to a rift in the Tory Party and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith from the cabinet.
Ahead of the vote, Mr Osborne defended his handling of the economy, but told MPs that where mistakes were made he was ready “to listen and learn”.
The Budget was accepted by 310 votes to 275, a government majority of 35.
MPs are still voting on a series of Budget Resolutions which are intended to allow measures in the Budget to come into effect immediately.
Amendments to scrap the “tampon tax” and an increase in VAT on solar panels were accepted by the government.
Earlier, the chancellor confirmed to MPs that he would not proceed with planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), likely to have affected up to 640,000 people, saying the changes did not “command support”.
He also said no further welfare savings were anticipated beyond the £12bn already approved by Parliament towards his target of balancing the books by 2020.
But Labour demanded an explanation as to how Mr Osborne would plug the £4.4bn gap in the Budget left by the rethink.
Former work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper said he would either have to raid the welfare budget further or “ditch” his self-imposed cap on overall benefits spending.
Mr Osborne said the cost of abandoning the policy could be absorbed because public spending was under control.
Labour also called on the chancellor to apologise for his attempt to introduce the cuts.
And shadow chancellor John McDonnell questioned Mr Osborne’s “fitness for the office he now holds”.
Ms Osborne was a “political chancer” whose “grubby, incompetent manipulations” could not be defended, he said.
Mr Duncan Smith resigned as work and pensions secretary on Friday over the proposals to …read more
Source:: BBC UK