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Liberal Democrats criticise proposed Tory spending cuts

A day after the Chancellor delivered the coalition's last budget before the election, the Liberal Democrats have sharply criticised the Conservatives' planned spending cuts.

In a statement to MPs, the Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander, accused them of wanting to "make cuts for cuts' sake."

Labour said the Tory plans were a "pretty scary prospect" for voters, but Mr Osborne denied his proposals would be tougher than the austerity of recent years.

Iain Watson reports.

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