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Chuka Umunna MP, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary, responding to claims from Conservative MPs that British workers 'are among the worst idlers in the world', said:

“First they blame British businesses for their economic failures and now they blame the people who work within them, showing how out of touch the Tory party has become.

“Arguing that working Britons are 'the worst idlers in the world' is deeply insulting. People who work hard, play by the rules and pay their taxes shouldn't have to put up with Tory MPs calling them lazy - especially when prices are rising faster than their wages, their tax credits are being cut and Britain is in a double dip recession made in Downing Street.

“David Cameron should immediately distance himself from this attack on hard working British families, and get on with finding a plan for jobs and growth instead of blaming British workers for his failure to deliver it.”

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