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The Daily Politics and BBC News coverage before, during and after Alistair Darling's Budget on Wednesday.

Scroll down below to see extracts from the speech.

And then see how his political colleagues and foes reacted to the speech - the last before the 2010 general election.

The Daily Politics covers the big stories of the day lunchtimes on BBC2 - repeated on BBC Parliament at midnight - and each show in also on BBC iPlayer.

HUW EDWARDS WITH THE BUDGET HEADLINES

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DARLING OPENS THE BUDGET

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CHANCELLOR ON REDUCING THE DEBT
Alistair Darling

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BBC POLITICAL EDITOR NICK ROBINSON

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BBC ECONOMICS EDITOR STEPHANIE FLANDERS

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BBC BUSINESS EDITOR ROBERT PESTON

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MANDELSON, KENNEDY, AND DUNCAN SMITH ON THE BUDGET

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REACTION FROM DAVID CAMERON

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REACTION FROM NICK CLEGG

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THE VIEW OF SNP AND PLAID

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UKIP LEADER LORD PEARSON

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GREEN LEADER CAROLINE LUCAS

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SHELAGH FOGARTY AND JON PIENAAR

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STEPHEN TIMMS, PHILIP HAMMOND AND LORD OAKESHOTT

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UNISON AND THE TAXPAYERS' ALLIANCE

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COMPARING 1997 AND 2010

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WHAT WE WANT FROM THE BUDGET

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