Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DAVID Cameron's Statement That the Public Sector in the North East Had Grown Too Large Was Seized upon by Gordon Brown, Who Said the Tories Planned Big Cuts. We Spoke to Our Jurors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

DAVID Cameron's Statement That the Public Sector in the North East Had Grown Too Large Was Seized upon by Gordon Brown, Who Said the Tories Planned Big Cuts. We Spoke to Our Jurors

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YLANA First MBE, 76, is a Labour supporter who lives in the marginal, Labour-held Tynemouth constituency. She is single with three grown-up children and runs the Friends of Tynemouth Station. She said: "I think Cameron's cuts will affect quite a few people in this area. It seems rather strange if you're trying to win votes you don't try and make people redundant. And the people in this area have suffered a lot from the Tories' cuts, from the mines to shipbuilding.

I think it's absolutely crazy. You rely on the public sector to provide our services, you can't rely on the voluntary sector and if you try to dismantle things you end up with chaos.

To be honest, my opinion of the Tories is going down and down and down. I think their attitude is smug. I got fed up of Tony Blair and I react to Cameron like I did to Blair.

After the various leadership debates I think quite a few people are sympathetic to the Lib Dems and they've taken on a few old labour policies But what worries me is the Lib Dems can split the anti-Tory vote and people need to take that into account on polling day.'' LUCY Mann, 30, is a single mum to seven-yearold twins Oscar and Harrison. She lives in Coxlodge and runs her own baby boutique Nine Months in Gosforth. Although she voted Labour in the last election, Lucy is undecided this time.

"The Conservatives will not be getting my vote after this statement. Cuts in public spending in the North East would be a disaster. If anything, the Government should be putting more money into the North East. We have unemployment levels at the highest they have been for years and any further cuts in public spending would only increase these figures. This could be a major blow to the economy especially since we have seen a large number of major North East businesses closing. This could make the North, South divide even wider."

CLIVE Rook is managing director of regional estate agents, Rook Matthews Sayer. The 57-year-old lives in Durham City with his wife and has two grown-up sons.

"In the words of Gordon Brown we need to "get real" about the need to cut public spending. The place to start is not axing jobs but cutting out the waste which destroys those jobs in the first place. …

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