Labour Attacks Conservatives Proposed Spending Cuts

Labour has launched an attack on the Conservatives planned spending cuts.

Ed Balls claims the cuts will leave Britain with the "smallest army since Oliver Cromwell's day".

In a speech in central London, Mr Balls said: "These would lead to the smallest police force since comparable records began, the smallest army since Cromwell, and over a third of older people receiving social care losing their entitlement to it."

The Shadow Chancellor said an analysis undertaken by Labour revealed that the Tory plans would mean £70bn of cuts to public spending.

He said the cuts would result in a police force smaller than the level when records began in the 1970s.

He also called on George Osborne and David Cameron to spell out how improbable cuts would be achieved or admit they could have to charge for the NHS, slash health spending or raise VAT.

Mr Balls added: "The evidence is clear: countries which reduce public spending at the pace George Osborne intends have found they have had no alternative but to cut health spending."


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