The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has called today's GDP figures "lacklustre" and accused the Prime Minister and George Osborne of delivering the "slowest recovery for over 100 years".
They [the government] took an economy that was starting to grow strongly, with falling unemployment and a falling deficit, and delivered stagnation, rising unemployment and £245 billion more borrowing than planned ...
If we’re to have a strong and sustained recovery, and catch up all the ground we have lost over the last few years ...
We need radical bank reform and a jobs and growth plan, including building thousands of affordable homes and a compulsory jobs guarantee for the long term unemployed.
Official figures revealed Britain dodged a much-feared triple-dip recession with growth of 0.3% in the first three months of the year.
Today's news that a triple dip recession has been averted means very little in economic terms, but politically it is critical.
The latest GDP figures show Britain has avoided another recession, but the long-term picture is of an economy that remains resolutely flat.