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Jeremy Hunt accused of exaggerating Tories’ economic record

Jeremy Hunt accused of exaggerating Tories’ economic record

Jeremy Hunt accused of exaggerating Tories’ economic record
May 17, 2024 1 min, 1 sec

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of exaggerating the Conservatives’ economic record and presenting a “dodgy dossier” on Labour’s spending plans, as he moved to put low tax at the heart of his party’s offering at the next election.

In contrast, he painted Labour as a party of high tax and released a dossier claiming it had £38bn of unfunded policies, from spending on more GP appointments to extra mental health support teams.

Darren Jones, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, described the document as a “desperate and cheap political stunt with a flawed dodgy dossier to distract from the Tories’ record in government”.

In his speech, Hunt acknowledged families had been “battered by the global shocks” of the Covid pandemic and the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine but argued the Conservatives had sheltered people’s finances.

Dario Perkins, a former Treasury official who now heads global research at the economics consultancy TS Lombard, said Hunt’s claim that Conservative policies had benefited the UK economy was “bizarre”.

In his speech, Hunt also hit out at Labour for claiming the Conservatives’ ambition to get rid of national insurance would lead to the end of the state pension in its current form.

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