Rifts at the heart of the coalition Government have been laid bare as Chancellor George Osborne set out plans for a "permanently smaller" welfare system, with a further £25 billion slashed off state spending - including £12 billion of new cuts to benefits following next year's general election.
"I can tell you today that, on the Treasury's current forecasts, £12 billion of further welfare cuts are needed in the first two years of the next Parliament," Osborne said.
"That's how to reduce the deficit without even faster cuts to Government departments, or big tax rises on people."
More top news
Nicolas Sarkozy would give Britain the chance to reverse the Brexit vote if he is elected president of France.
Wet and windy in the north tomorrow, bright and warm in the south.
The Democratic presidential told reporters: 'Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.'