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New Labour can’t count

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Transport secretary Stephen Byers has been caught out again for trying to pass off already allocated government spending as \"new\". Last week he claimed he had got an extra £2.2 billion for the railways. Within two days officials at the Treasury admitted the money had already been announced in April of last year.
Issue 1786

Transport secretary Stephen Byers has been caught out again for trying to pass off already allocated government spending as ‘new’. Last week he claimed he had got an extra £2.2 billion for the railways. Within two days officials at the Treasury admitted the money had already been announced in April of last year.

Byers inflated the amount to be spent on rail under the ten-year strategic plan three weeks ago by double counting £7.5 billion.

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