Fresh Blow For Rishi Sunak As Experts Confirm The UK Is In Recession

Another of the PM's promises bites the dust.
Rishi Sunak is seen during a visit to an engineering firm in Barrow-in-Furness.
Rishi Sunak is seen during a visit to an engineering firm in Barrow-in-Furness.
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Rishi Sunak has been dealt another blow after it was confirmed the UK is in recession.

Fresh data released by the Office for National Statistics showed the economy shrank in the final two quarters of 2023.

That is despite the prime minister promising voters that he would grow the economy shortly after he entered No.10.

The ONS announced last month that, according to its estimates, the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.1% between June and September last year, then by another 0.3% between September and the end of the year.

This morning, they confirmed that those figures were correct.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said: “Rishi Sunak has broken his promise to grow the economy and left Britain in recession, with working people paying the price.

“The Conservatives cannot claim that their plan is working or that they have turned the corner on more than fourteen years of economic failure.:

Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Sarah Olney said: “These damning figures confirm the damage done to the UK economy by Rishi’s recession.”

But chancellor Jeremy Hunt insisted the government’s “plan is working”.

He said: “Inflation has fallen decisively from over 11% to 3.4%, the economy grew in January and real wages have increased for eight months in a row.

“Our cuts to National Insurance will boost growth by rewarding work and putting over £900 a year back into the average earner’s pocket.”


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