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Alexander: Tories proposed child benefit cut

Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander has accused the Conservatives of being bent on "slashing support for families" while the two parties were in coalition.

Alexander said £8 billion of proposed welfare cuts that the Lib Dems blocked included limiting Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit to two children at a cost of £3,500 for a family of three.

The Tories said they did not recognise the figures cited and called the claim "desperate stuff".

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Nick Clegg: I share anger over Tory benefit cut 'plans'

Nick Clegg backed Danny Alexander's comments during his LBC radio phone-in this morning Credit: PA

Nick Clegg has backed Danny Alexander's decision to leak "secret" Tory plans to make £8 billion of welfare cuts.

Speaking on a an LBC radio phone-in this morning, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he shared the Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury's "intense frustration verging on anger".

I share Danny's intense frustration verging on anger that the Conservatives think it is okay a week before an election to say that they are going to take the equivalent of £1,500 off eight million of the most vulnerable families in this country and they can't even be bothered to spell out exactly what their plans involve.

– Nick Clegg

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