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Labour to leave decision on deficit reduction plan until election runup

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/04/2013

Patrick Wintour

Labour may delay the politically critical choice on whether to match the coalition's deficit reduction plan until just months before the 2015 general election, according to party sources.
The Tories are hoping to put pressure on Labour in this June's summer spending review, covering the post-election period, to reveal how quickly Ed Miliband would tackle the deficit if elected prime minister. However, the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, may argue the exceptional volatile state of the economy would make such an early judgement premature.
Labour sources point out Tony Blair and Gordon Brown did not decide to accept the first two years of the Conservatives' planned public spending limits until four months before Blair's election victory, and Miliband and Balls could follow a similar timetable.
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"Labour to leave decision on deficit reduction plan until election runup", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2013. Consulté le 04/12/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/labour-to-leave-decision-on-deficit-reduction-plan-until-election-runup