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Bishops condemn benefit plans

The Archbishop of Canterbury is among 43 bishops who have written an open letter to a newspaper condemning Government plans to change the benefits system, saying it will have a "deeply disproportionate" effect on children.

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Ashdown: Deficit tackled 'with fairness in mind'

Of course all of us are concerned about (it), that's why indeed the Liberal Democrats have such a commitment to making sure that our contribution to tackling the terrible deficit this country was left, in large part but not exclusively by the failures of the Labour government previously, are tackled with fairness in mind. It's important that we are reminded about the effect of that.

– Lord Ashdown, Liberal Democrat peer

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