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Prime minister's questions


Gordon Brown has pledged that the government would do "everything we can" to make sure jobs are kept in Britain following the proposed takeover of Cadbury's.

On 20 January 2010, at his weekly Commons question session, the prime minister said that ministers had sought assurances from Kraft about the US company's commitment to the Cadbury name, workforce and quality after its approach was recommended for approval.

But he was challenged by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg over reports that the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland was prepared to lend money to Kraft to fund the £11.5bn takeover bid.

"When British taxpayers bailed out the banks, they would never have believed that their money would now be used to put British people out of work," Mr Clegg said.

"Isn't that just plain wrong?" he asked.

But the PM accused Mr Clegg of abandoning his liberal principles by suggesting that "the government can step in and avoid any takeover that is taking place in this country".


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