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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Did Osborne's Treasury sign up to Darling bailouts?

During his statement on the EU summit today, the PM insisted that George Osborne had not agreed with Alistair Darling's decision to sign up to eurozone bailouts.

That decision, taken in the days of limbo after the general election but before the Coaltion came into being, has landed us with liabilities to Ireland and possibly to Portugal.

Well, here's a document that sheds a bit of light on the affair. It seems that Treasury minister Justine Greening is saying that "cross-party consensus" was behind Darling.

 

 

Is this a Treasury typo? And if so, wouldn't a bright minister like Ms Greening have spotted it before signing it?

This document was released back in July last year but didn't make any waves because back then the Coalition was not arguing hard that it hadn't been consulted.

One for Mr Douglas Carswell?

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