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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.

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Farage: Cameron 'in real political trouble' over EU budget

Nigel Farage said an increased EU budget contribution is "outrageous". Credit: PA

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said:

David Cameron once claimed that he had reduced the EU budget - but the UK contribution went up - and now, quite incredibly, our contribution goes up a second time. It's just outrageous.

The EU is like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayers' blood. We need to protect the innocent victims, who are us.

– Nigel Farage

Mr Farage told the Press Association that Mr Cameron is in "real political trouble".

Yes, it's outrageous, but that's how the European Union works.

He's in a very weak position. He can do nothing about this.

And I think, really, he's now being pushed into a position where, unless he brings forward his referendum promise, I think he's in real political trouble.

– Nigel Farage

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%.

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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.

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