Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Darling: Labour Is Paying the Price for Lack of Credible Economic Policy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Darling: Labour Is Paying the Price for Lack of Credible Economic Policy

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil

LABOUR was plunged into internal bickering today after George Osborne plundered some of their flagship policies for his Budget.

Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling said his party was in "disarray" and needed to begin an overhaul of its economic thinking.

Mayoral candidate Diane Abbott turned her fire on shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, accusing him of being too mild in his attacks on the Budget.

The sniping came as Mr Osborne claimed his mix of welfare cuts and higher pay amounted to a "new centre" in politics that the public would embrace.

"Labour is in disarray," said Mr Darling. "We are paying the price of not having a credible economic policy."

He admitted that Gordon Brown's policy of tax credits to boost the pay of low-earners had become too expensive. "Tax credits went beyond what we planned," he said. "But taking PS4 billion away from people at the lower end will cause a lot of difficulty. …

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