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Salmond predicts '250bn spending cuts' over 10 years


SNP leader Alex Salmond has said that over the next 10 years, if one of the three major parties is elected, there will be "public spending cuts and reductions the like of which we have never seen in this country".

He suggests that spending needs to be cut by £250bn in the UK over that period, and believes big ticket items such as the Trident defence system should be scrapped.

He was speaking to Richard Bacon in one of a series of interviews for BBC Three with the three main party, SNP and Plaid Cymru leaders.

The interview can be seen on BBC Three, Wednesday 28 April 2010, 2030 BST and afterwards on iPlayer.

It will follow an interview with Gordon Brown which airs Wednesday 28 April 2010, 2000 BST, BBC Three.

Both Dermot meets... David Cameron and Dermot meets... Nick Clegg are still available on iPlayer.

BBC Three is also staging a First Time Voters Question Time programme hosted by Dermot O'Leary and you can apply to be in the audience in London on Tuesday 4 May.

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