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Boris Johnson dangles public spending in quest to hold early election

The British government has unveiled big public spending plans in what is seen as preparations for an early general election, now tentatively scheduled for Oct 15.

"No department will be cut next year. Every single department has had its budget for day-to-day spending increased at least in line with inflation," British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid told Parliament in London, heralding what he termed "the end of austerity".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2019, with the headline 'Johnson dangles public spending in quest to hold early election'. Print Edition | Subscribe