Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Coalition MPs jittery as UK economy flatlines

George Osborne: sticking to his plans

Anxiety about the flatlining British economy among Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs has emerged in a new ComRes survey.

The poll of 158 MPs from all parties suggested they are jittery about prospects for economic growth, unemployment and inflation in the next 12 months. Although gloom among Labour MPs would be expected as they cast doubt on George Osborne's economic strategy, concerns among Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs will worry ministers.

The findings suggest Nick Clegg could come under pressure from his backbenchers this autumn to demand a change of course unless growth picks up. Official figures announced on Tuesday showed the economy grew just 0.2% in the second quarter.

A majority (58%) of the Liberal Democrat MPs polled believe growth will stay the same over the coming year, while only 32% think it will improve.

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