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Whitehall 'feared Labour spending'

Civil service chiefs lodged formal protests at spending decisions by Labour ministers in the dying months of their rule, the BBC has been told.

It culminated in the "nuclear option" of demanding written instructions from their political masters according to union leader Jonathan Baume.

Ex-ministers have dismissed the claims of excessive spending as "spin" by the coalition government.

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