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PM warns of austerity until 2020

The Prime Minister has warned that despite his earlier hopes, he now believes the Government's austerity programme could last until 2020.

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Cameron: 'Austerity may continue in to the next decade'

David Cameron has said he cannot envisage a time when the UK economy will not be under pressure as he failed to rule out austerity measures having to continue into the next decade.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, conducted before today's improving unemployment numbers, he said the situation remained "a lot tougher than forecasters were expecting".

David Cameron has visited Afghanistan today Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Asked if the austerity programme may continue right through the next five-year parliament, Mr Cameron said: "This is a period for all countries, not just in Europe but I think you will see it in America too, where we have to deal with our deficits and we have to have sustainable debts.

" I can't see any time soon when the pressure will be off."

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