Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 27th October 2010

As ever, the hon. Lady talks a good deal of sense. It is worth recalling that since Margaret Thatcher won that rebate at Fontainebleau it has saved Britain £88 billion. That is what tough negotiation achieved. The European Parliament has insisted on a higher budget than the one set by the Council, so the first thing we have to do is to say that is not acceptable, and build a majority on the Council to get the budget down again. It pains me to say this to the hon. Lady, but we would be assisted if Labour MEPs did not keep voting for higher budgets, which is exactly what they did this week.