“This is a big spending review by a government that does big things, it’s a long term economic plan for our country’s future,” George Osborne said of his joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement as he delivered it in the Commons today. It wasn’t such a sweeping statement of ideological intent as this Summer’s “budget for working people” with its surprise National Living Wage announcement, but it succeeded in allaying some of the biggest concerns of Osborne’s critics on both sides of the house.
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