Tories under F Ire for Blunder on Teenage Pregnancy F Igures

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Tories under F Ire for Blunder on Teenage Pregnancy F Igures


Byline: Political Correspondent

THE Tories were at the centre of another 'dodgy' statistics row last night after wrongly claiming that more than half of teenage girls in deprived areas become pregnant before their 18th birthday.

The extraordinary claim came in a Conservative Party document called 'Labour's Two Nations' which criticises the Government for failing the poor.

The document said: 'In the most deprived areas, 54 per cent are likely to fall pregnant before the age of 18, compared to just 19 per cent in the least deprived areas.' However, official figures show that the number of under-18s who got pregnant in the ten most deprived parts of the UK is more like 54 per 1,000.

A Tory spokesman said last night: 'A decimal point was left out in a calculation. 'It makes no difference at all to the conclusions of a wide-ranging report which shows that Labour have consistently let down the poorest in Britain.' But the blunder will be embarrassing for David Cameron, who will today launch a series of attacks on Labour's record on improving life chances for the poor.

The document forms a key part of his drive to re-capture the centre ground and appeal to traditional Labour voters to back the Conservatives at the election. …

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