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Prime minister's questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

Prime Minister David Cameron has clashed with Labour leader Ed Miliband over how to boost growth and curb rising unemployment levels.

At the PM's weekly question session on 14 September 2011, Mr Miliband claimed that the government had become a "byword for complacency" after official figures indicated that the number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 80,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to July.

This disproved the government's view that private sector job creation would compensate for jobs lost as a result of public spending cuts, the opposition leader suggested.

But Mr Cameron rejected the criticism, telling MPs that 500,000 new jobs had been created over the last year and noting that youth unemployment went up sharply under Labour.

He also argued that the previous Labour government's record on spending had "robbed young people of their future" by accruing large amounts of public debt, which will need to be reduced by future tax receipts.

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