Osborne: 'Our plan is working'

George Osborne will tonight insist that the Government was sticking to its economic plans, telling business leaders "now is not the time to lose our nerve". The Bank of England today predicted a "modest and sustained" recovery.

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Sir Mervyn King's final forecast shows signs of optimism

In his final forecast as Bank of England governor, Sir Mervyn King gave what he said was his most positive assessment of the economy since the beginning of the most recent economic crisis.

Sir Mervyn predicted growth will be a "little stronger" than previously hoped, setting the UK on course for a "modest and sustained" recovery.

But he warned it will be a "weak and uneven" recovery.

ITV News economics editor Richard Edgar reports:

Read: Richard Edgar's blog "Good news today but a tough task awaits the new Bank of England governor".

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Osborne 'in total denial about his economic plan failure'

Shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie said George Osborne is "in total denial about the failure of his economic plan" ahead of the Chancellor's speech to business leaders.

Mr Leslie said: "He has now delivered the slowest recovery for 100 years, falling living standards and rising unemployment. And borrowing is set to be £245 billion more than planned to pay for the costs of this economic failure.

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Shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie said the Chancellor is "in total denial about the failure of his economic plan". Credit: ITV News

"If we're to have a strong and sustained recovery, and catch up all the ground we have lost over the last three years, we need urgent action to kickstart our economy now and reforms to strengthen it for the long term.

"It's time George Osborne listened before any more long-term damage is done", he added.

Osborne to tell business leaders 'our plan is working'

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to tell business leaders that the Government is prepared to stick to its economic course, saying, "Now is not the time to lose our nerve ... Our plan is working".

As he addresses the CBI annual dinner at Grosvenor House tonight, Mr Osborne will say that spending more to rejuvenate the UK's fortunes is "patently ludicrous" and would set the recovery back

Chancellor George Osborne pictured at the CBI annual dinner.
Chancellor George Osborne pictured at the CBI annual dinner. Credit: ITV News

He is also set to rubbish Labour's calls for a temporary VAT cut, claiming the figures do not "stack up".

The Chancellor is expected to say: "My message to the business community and to the country is this - we have a clear economic plan.

"Our plan is working. Now is not the time to lose our nerve. Let's not listen to those who would take us back to square one.

"Let's carry on doing what is right for Britain, let's see this through".

King upbeat in final Bank of England forecast

The outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King has given his most upbeat signal yet that the UK will recover from the financial crisis.

During his last forecast as governor, Sir Mervyn predicted growth will be a "little stronger" than previously hoped, setting the UK on course for a "modest and sustained" recovery.

He said the economy should expand by 0.5% in the second quarter of this year, while inflation will not surge as much as feared.

But he warned it will be a "weak and uneven" recovery.

ITV News economics editor Richard Edgar reports:

Read: Richard Edgar's blog "Good news today but a tough task awaits the new Bank of England governor".

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Sir Mervyn King: 'Now it's over to the next generation'

Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King has said "the most durable lesson of the last 20 years is the overriding importance of basing monetary policy on serious economy analysis rather than politics or market mystique".

He added: "After 89 press conferences, 82 under the banner of the inflation report., I've had my say, now it's over to the next generation to have theirs"

Read: King: Welcome change in UK economic outlook

King: Welcome change in UK economic outlook

Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King has said there is a "welcome change in the economic outlook" for the UK and projected a "modest and sustained" recovery.

As he delivered his final inflation report, he predicted: "Growth to be a little stronger and inflation to be a little weaker than we expected three months ago.

"That's the first time I've been able to say that since before the financial crisis", he added.

Sir Mervyn King has delivered his final inflation report.

"But this is no time to be complacent. We must press on to ensure a recovery and to bring down unemployment" ,he cautioned.

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