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Miliband mocks 'Del Boy' Osborne

Labour leader Ed Miliband has mocked George Osborne's claim to have delivered a Budget for growth, saying the Government's cuts are damaging the economic recovery and comparing the Chancellor to TV's 'Del Boy'.

Mr Miliband likened Mr Osborne to Derek Trotter, the cockney wheeler dealer character in the BBC1 comedy Only Fools And Horses.

The Labour leader said: "The Chancellor has cut (fuel) duty by 1p, but he's whacked up VAT on fuel by 3p. Families won't be fooled - it's Del Boy economics."

Responding to the Chancellor's Budget, Mr Miliband told a raucous Commons chamber: "Every time he comes to this House growth is downgraded."

Mr Miliband said: "One fact says it all and he couldn't bring himself to say it: Growth down last year, this year and next year. It's the same old Tories - it's hurting but it isn't working."

As Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle was forced to appeal for order, the Labour leader continued: "What is the Chancellor's singular achievement? To deliver a Budget for growth that downgrades the growth forecast."

He added: "It didn't happen by chance, it happened by choice. His choice and it's the wrong choice - to go too far and too fast."

Mr Miliband ridiculed Mr Osborne for blaming the winter snow for the economy's poor performance.

"Even he must appreciate the irony because while the Prime Minister was grounded from his trip to Thailand, he was on the piste in Klosters.

"I guess it was the right type of snow for a skiing holiday, just the wrong type of snow for our economy."

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