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The controversial digital economy bill is set to enter the statute books after receiving approval in the House of Commons.

MPs voted to enact the proposed anti-filesharing legislation in a late-night parliamentary session, in which the bill received its third and final reading.

Support from the Conservative Party helped secure the passage of the bill before the dissolution of parliament, and it will now receive Royal Assent from the Queen.

Some 189 MPs decided in favour of the bill, with 47 expressing their continued opposition, in a vote taken after 11pm on Wednesday night.

However, less than half of all MPs participated in the vote - a point sure to frustrate opponents of the bill such as broadband provider TalkTalk and the Open Rights Group.

Earlier this week, long-standing Conservative MP John Redwood criticised the government for attempting to enact the new laws without a full and proper debate.

Ultimately, the legislative proposal was debated for just two hours during its final reading in the Commons.

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