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Osborne: I don't accept there is no 'feel good factor'

George Osborne has dismissed the suggestion that there is no "feel good factor" in the UK because living standards have stagnated since the Government took office.

"I simple don't accept that," the Chancellor told ITV News Economic Editor Richard Edgar.

He added that today's growth in GDP means "more economic security, it means more jobs, it means a brighter future".

George Osborne: 'Critical' time for the UK economy

Chancellor George Osborne says the UK is at a "critical moment", with the economy facing the dual threat of a slowing eurozone and instability in global markets.

He claimed failing to follow through with the Government's economic policies would see a return to the "chaos and instability of the past".


Ed Balls: GDP figures show a 'concerning slowdown'

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says today's GDP figures show a "concerning slowdown" in the economy.

He also claimed several areas of the economy were performing poorly.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

“For all George Osborne's claims that the economy is fixed most people are still not feeling the recovery. Working people are over £1600 a year worse off since 2010 and these figures now show a concerning slowdown in economic growth too.

“Under this government house building is it at its lowest level since the 1920s, business investment is lagging behind our competitors and exports are way off target," Mr Balls added.

George Osborne: UK is 'leading the pack'

Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed today's GDP estimate, saying it shows the UK is "leading the pack" in the uncertain global economy.

The Chancellor published several tweets immediately after the figures came out, describing the economic outlook as "very encouraging".

Construction fastest-growing sector in third quarter

Construction was the fastest growing sector of the economy in the third quarter of the year, according to the latest GDP estimate.

The ONS estimates that construction was the fastest-growing sector in the third quarter. Credit: ONS

The Office for National Statistics preliminary estimate found that the dominant services sector grew at 0.7%, while agriculture was the slowest-growing sector at 0.3%.


ONS: 'Nothing much to worry about' on GDP

The director of the Office for National Statistics has said there is "nothing very much to worry about" after new figures estimated a 0.2% drop in GDP in the three months to September.

The ONS estimates the economy grew 0.7% in the third quarter, compared to 0.9% in the second quarter.

Chancellor George Osborne visiting a factory in Leeds. Credit: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

Joe Grice told the BBC: "Having said that This is a little bit lower than 0.9% we saw last quarter, this is all within the margins of error."

"It is a bit lower, 0.2% lower than last time, but it's still pretty health growth. At an annualised rate that's 3% year. at this stage one would have thought in these figures, [there's] nothing very much to worry about.

Concerns over loan shark customers

One in three people turned down for a payday loan considered using an illegal loan shark, research suggests Credit: PA Wire

One in three people turned down for a payday loan following the introduction of tighter lending rules considered using an illegal loan shark instead, according to research.

Someone turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union, a survey carried out for The Consumer Finance Association found.

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) represents short-term lenders including the Money Shop, Cash Converters, Quick Quid, Peachy and Sunny.

A poll of 720 people who had been turned down for a payday loan by a member of the CFA following the new rules found a third had thought about going to an illegal lender after they were declined.

One in 25 (4%) said they had used an illegal lender, which is double the proportion who said they had gone to a credit union.

Total CEO De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie. Credit: PA Wire

The chief executive of French oil firm Total has been killed in a plane crash in Moscow, airport officials confirmed.

Christophe de Margerie died in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

The spokeswoman said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine.

"Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie"

In a statement posted on the Total website, the firm said: "The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims."

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