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Darling hits back at 'reckless' spending claim


Former chancellor Alistair Darling has said the government was "playing the oldest trick on the book" by blaming its predecessor for the state of the economy.

The coalition government has said that every new spending commitment and pilot project signed off by Labour ministers since the turn of the year would be individually reviewed in a bid to find savings "in addition" to the target.

Mr Darling said "The suggestion that Treasury officials colluded with us in perverting figures is just wrong".


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