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Osborne backs Crossrail

Osborne backs Crossrail
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George Osborne sounds a more confident note than most of his Tory bandmates in interview with the Standard today.  On top of the obligatory Ready for Government noises, he rattles off a list of London marginals which are winnable for the Tories, and adds that an overall majority is "within our grasp".  Pretty direct stuff for a politician, given all the uncertainty clogging the air in Westminster.

To my eyes, though, the most significant passage could be this:

"He gave a commitment to keep London's £16 billion Crossrail scheme, although he confirmed he will look for savings. 'I think Londoners would expect me to get good value for their money.'"

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