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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs) 11:30 am, 2nd April 2008

I did not detect an answer to the question in all of that. The Leader of the House might still need advice on what to wear, and if she thinks her constituents might kill her, she should look behind her.

Is it not the case that, contrary to what the Prime Minister said on Monday night, 5.3 million mainly lower-paid families will be worse off this weekend, as demonstrated by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and as confirmed by a Treasury official to the Treasury Committee? Is she further aware that after the meeting of Labour MPs on Monday night, where that point was made, one Minister is reported to have said:

"Gordon did not seem to understand what they were talking about and kept insisting that nobody would lose out... He didn't seem to understand why voters were unhappy with it and gave the impression he was living on another planet".

Was not that Minister speaking the truth; and was it by any chance her?

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