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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th January 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 14th January 2009

The only party that can help Britain's children is the party that is increasing child benefit, investing in the child trust fund, investing in Sure Start and investing in nursery education—all the programmes that the Conservative party will cut. I hope that the Conservative party will wake up to an economic reality: that it cannot promise £50 billion to business and then say that it is to be funded by absolutely nothing. That is a do nothing policy. The Conservatives are the do nothing party. They would leave people defenceless in the face of a global financial crisis. Other countries will not do that. We will not walk by on the other side. The Conservatives would; we will not.

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Ian Simcox
Posted on 16 Jan 2009 9:27 am (Report this annotation)

Increasing child benefit? More money for the Karen Matthews of the world who would use their children as a way of securing a benefits income. Nursery education? Given the figures announced the other day I would think it best if this government avoids attempting to educate any more children.

The PM's only solution to any problem is to throw somebody else's money at it. The NHS budget is set to increase by 20% over the next three years. Does anyone think we'll see even anywhere close to a 20% improvement in service.