Osborne insists economy is priority

George Osborne insists the Government is concentrating on the economy

George Osborne insists the Government is concentrating on the economy

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George Osborne has insisted the Government is "straining every effort" to tackling the economy as he indicated controversial reforms of the House of Lords and plans for gay marriage were being kicked into the long grass.

The Chancellor said he had taken the message from voters that ministers should be focusing "on the things that really matter" rather than getting "distracted" by too many other issues.

Mr Osborne said that while he was personally in favour of gay marriage, there had never been plans to bring forward a Bill in next week's Queen's speech.

He said the party was committed in its manifesto to "looking" at Lords reform but it was "not the priority of the Government".

Mr Osborne told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think what people are saying is focus on the things that really matter, focus on the economy and on education and welfare. Focus on those things, don't get distracted by too many other issues."

Mr Osborne dismissed suggestions that voters had deserted the Conservatives in the elections as a result of gay marriage proposals or Lords reform as "clearly not the case".

But he said that while Parliament would debate the planned shake-up of the upper chamber, it was not a "priority".

He added: "We are focused on the really important issues that matter to people. Parliament can discuss these issues, Parliament is very good at discussing these issues, but it is certainly not my priority, the priority of the Government. It is not where the efforts of the Government and the executive are going to be directed."

Mr Osborne insisted the UK was not in the "same kind of financial crisis" faced by other European nations, but he admitted "things have not turned out" as the Government had hoped two years ago. The Chancellor insisted, howeve,r the Coalition would not change course, despite Britain being plunged back into recession. "I think we have got the judgment right. I think we have got the right path for reducing the structural deficit."

Mr Osborne's appearance marks the start of the Coalition's fightback following dismal performances by both parties at the polls. The Queen's speech on Wednesday will set out the coalition's agenda for the coming year, which ministers hope will revive and re-energise the ailing Government.

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10:36am Sun 6 May 12

YorkToff says...

Nasty Tories!
Nasty Tories! YorkToff
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10:37am Sun 6 May 12

YorkToff says...

Deluded Tories!
Deluded Tories! YorkToff
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10:37am Sun 6 May 12

YorkToff says...

Scary Tories!
Scary Tories! YorkToff
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10:38am Sun 6 May 12

YorkToff says...

Cut, slash and burn Tories!
Cut, slash and burn Tories! YorkToff
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10:38am Sun 6 May 12

YorkToff says...

One term Tories!
One term Tories! YorkToff
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11:45am Sun 6 May 12

beach1e says...

the Tories should revisit their election promises to the decent hard working people that pay taxes and stand by those promises to rid this country of its "chav do nothing expect handout" mentality that we have.
the Tories should revisit their election promises to the decent hard working people that pay taxes and stand by those promises to rid this country of its "chav do nothing expect handout" mentality that we have. beach1e
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1:20pm Sun 6 May 12

loonyleft says...

They,d get rid of the do nothing attitude iff they created some jobs, instead of chucking people on the dole!!!
They,d get rid of the do nothing attitude iff they created some jobs, instead of chucking people on the dole!!! loonyleft
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