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Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to David Cameron’s comments that the Government’s austerity measures should be called ‘efficiency’, said:

"How out of touch can David Cameron get? While he claimed before the election he would just cut waste, his so called efficiencies actually mean deep cuts to frontline services like police officers, slashing tax credits for working families and raising taxes on pensioners.

"How can it be efficient to do this while giving millionaires a tax cut and wasting billions of pounds on a bigger benefits bill because so many more people are now out of work?

"David Cameron’s failed policies have pushed Britain into recession and this will mean more borrowing and long-term damage to our economy. There’s nothing efficient about that. It’s time he listened, changed course and got a plan for jobs and growth”

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