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Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, but he said that politics rather than his image was what was important to him.

Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace.
Ed Miliband has admitted he looks a bit like Wallace. Credit: PA

In a wide ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said: "I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace. "You could probably even find people who look better eating a bacon sandwich."

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He added: "If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don’t vote for me. Because I don’t."

Praising David Cameron, he said the Prime Minister "is a very sophisticated and successful exponent of a politics driven by image."

But he said he was not going to compete with that and wanted to "offer something different."

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Chancellor: Recovery under way but not complete

Chancellor George Osborne said GDP figures on growth show that his economic recovery plan is working, but not complete and that he wanted people from all parts of the country to feel the impact of the recovery.

Speaking to Economics Editor Joel Hills from Newcastle he blamed the previous government for the three year delay in a return to growth figures, saying it takes time to work through problems caused when governments "get economic policy wrong".

Read: Labour says growth figures do not show economy is 'fixed'

Labour: No time for complacent claims economy is fixed

Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls said today's GDP figures are no time for "complacent" claims that the economy is fixed, as the majority of people were not feeling the recovery due to wage stagnation, a lack of housebuilding and a lack of business investment.

Labour's Ed Balls
Labour's Ed Balls. Credit: PA

At long last our economy is back to the size it was before the global banking crisis – three years after the US reached the same point.

But with GDP per head not set to recover for three more years and most people still seeing their living standards squeezed this is no time for complacent claims that the economy is fixed.

Wages after inflation are down over £1,600 a year since 2010, housebuilding under this government is at its lowest level since the 1920s and business investment is lagging behind our competitors.

– Ed Balls, Labour's Shadow Chancellor

Read: George Osborne: GDP figures a major milestone

Nick Clegg: Growth figures show 'rescue has worked'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg hailed the GDP growth figures as proof the "rescue" has worked.

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The rescue has worked. Our economy is now larger than it was before the crash. There would be no recovery without @libdems #StrongerEconomy

The Chancellor George Osborne said the figures were a "major milestone".

Read: George Osborne: GDP figures a 'major milestone'

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George Osborne: GDP figures a 'major milestone'

George Osborne has said the news that the economy is now ahead of its peak before the financial crisis is "a major milestone".

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Economy grew by 0.8%. Thanks to the hard work of the British people, today we reach a major milestone in our #LongTermEconomicPlan

The economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

Despite the positive news, the Chancellor tweeted that there was still a "long way to go" for the economy to fully recover from the crisis.

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Economy bigger than previous peak in 2008 but long way to go-the Great Recession was one of deepest of any major economy & cost UK 6 years

He also stressed the need for the Government to stick to its economic policies and "not to repeat the mistakes of the past".

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We owe it to hardworking taxpayers not to repeat the mistakes of the past &instead work through the plan that's delivering economic security

Services industry drives economic growth

The UK economy grew by 0.8% in the last quarter, driven by growth in services and production, the ONS said.

  • Output increased in two of the four main industrial services: Services grew by 1%, production grew by 0.4%, whilst construction and agriculture were both down slightly, by 0.5% and 0.2% respectively.

Read: UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

Britain's gross domestic product has grown 0.8% in the second quarter of the year, following the first quarter growth of 0.6%.

The economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak in early 2008, the ONS said.

Labour: Recovery not being felt by most people

Labour shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said GDP growth did not mean the recovery was being felt by ordinary people, as real terms pay is falling, resulting in "a lost decade for living standards".

Read: Chancellor: GDP figures show recovery plan working

He rejected the Coalition's claim that the expected figures show their economic policies are working. Writing the Guardian, Ed Balls said:

Not only is it two years later than the Chancellor's original plan said, and three years after the US reached the same point, it's also the case that GDP per head won't recover to where it was for around another three years - in other words, a lost decade for living standards. So while David Cameron and George Osborne complacently claim the economy is now fixed, most people are worse off.

– Ed Balls, Labour's Shadow Chancellor

Read: UK's growth forecast raised a year after IMF warning

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