11 Jan 2010

Tories want quicker spending cuts

9:28 am on 11 January 2010

British Conservative leader David Cameron has said his party will "go further" than Labour in cutting the UK budget deficit, if they win power.

The government has pledged to halve the deficit of £178 billion over four years, but Mr Cameron told the BBC that quicker progress is needed.

He said Prime Minister Gordon Brown's plan was to "put every decision off until after the election and say as little as possible between now and then".

On Saturday, Chancellor Alistair Darling warned that the next spending review would be the "toughest we have had for 20 years".

In an interview in The Times newspaper, he said there would be a reduction in the deficit of "something like £57 billion" through tax increases and spending cuts.

A general election must be held by early June.