CSR: Johnson attacks coalition MPs for cheering cuts

The Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson has accused some Conservative MPs of cheering the deepest cuts to public spending in living memory.

Responding to the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review, he said coalition MPs were pleased after achieving their ideological objective in the CSR and that abstract figures have become people’s jobs.

Johnson challenged the Chancellor over “spreading the myth” that the previous Labour government had caused the “global financial crisis” and made the cuts necessary.

Johnson agreed that spending had to be reduced but that front line services people depend on have to be protected.

He said: “To get the deficit down, the solution must be jobs, jobs, job.”

He said the reorganisation of the National Health Service was going to cost £2-£3bn.