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Progess on 'vast majority' of pledges - Downing St

Progess on 'vast majority' of pledges - Downing St

Downing Street has insisted that progress has been made on "the vast majority" of the Government's pledges after the publication of a progress report on the Coalition Agreement.

But Labour dismissed the 119-page review as a "whitewash" which ignores the Government's failures. In response the party published its own list of 40 broken pledges.

"There's no mention of his government's failure on growth, of the double-dip recession or of £212bn extra borrowing. It tries to gloss over David Cameron's broken promises on the £3bn NHS reorganisation," Labour vice-chair Michael Dugher said in a statement.

Commenting on the document, a No. 10 spokesman said the Government had "either achieved or made progress on the vast majority" of commitments, although he refused to give an exact number, while Tory chair Grant Shapps insisted the Coalition had produced a "warts and all" assessment of its performance.

But the Institute for Government, which recommended the mid-term review in the first place, also criticised the document, with director Peter Riddell saying it "falls short of the audit we called for" because it does not include outcomes of government policies.

The release of the document was surrounded by controversy after No. 10 aide Patrick Rock was photographed leaving Downing Street clutching a document suggesting that publication might be delayed.

At Prime Minister's Questions today, Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of attempting to hold back publication of the "secret audit" due to concerns that it would lead to unfavourable coverage.

But Mr Cameron hit back: "We'll be publishing absolutely every single audit of every single promise, all 399 pledges set out in the Mid-Term Review, unlike the party opposite it will be full, it will be frank, it will be completely unvarnished."

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