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Cameron dismisses economic complacency claim

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed accusations from Ed Miliband has accused that he is "complacent" about the state of the UK's economic recovery.

The Labour leader pointed to figures in the Office for Budget Responsibility's autumn forecast which predicted a rise in unemployment next year and a "sluggish" recovery.

But as the pair clashed at prime minister's questions on 1 December 2010, Mr Cameron told MPs that Mr Miliband was "determined to talk the economy down".

He questioned the impact Mr Miliband had made since becoming leader of his party: "You have been doing the job for the last three months and people are beginning to ask 'when are you going to start?'."

Mr Miliband referred to the WikiLeaks revelation that Foreign Secretary William Hague had allegedly described himself, Mr Cameron and George Osborne as "the children of Thatcher" in a meeting with US embassy official Richard LeBaron in April 2008.

"It's no wonder that today we learn that the foreign secretary describes this gang as the children of Thatcher," Mr Miliband said.

"It sounds just like the 1980s: out of touch with people up and down the country.

"Why don't you admit that you are complacent about the recovery, you are complacent about the people who will lose their jobs and it is they who will pay the price?"

Mr Cameron dismissed the remarks, claiming Mr Miliband was "not waving but drowning", and added: "I would rather be a child of Thatcher than the son of Brown."

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