Nick Clegg's comments that the Coalition had made a mistake by not spending enough on infrastructure came ahead of the latest growth figures, which will be announced today.
He said the figures will reveal what happened in the last three months of 2012 are likely to be "considerably weaker" than over the summer.
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The former presidential candidate, who has herself been the target of false news reports, said such stories had 'real-world consequences'.
London councils recorded the largest surpluses, with the capital's 33 local authorities accounting for 44% of the total figure.
Outbreaks of rain will move slowly from north to west but otherwise a mainly dry day ahead.