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Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor
, said in response to the European Commission’s proposed budget rise: 

“When countries across the EU are having to make tough decisions to get their deficits down after the global financial crisis, these proposals are ill-judged, out of touch and cannot be supported. The European Commission should go back to the drawing board.”

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: 

“At a time when Britain and other countries have to make some tough decisions on public spending this significant rise proposed by the EU Commission will strike people as inappropriate and misguided. The European Commission should be focussed on finding savings and targeting spending on the most crucial areas.”

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