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PM vows to keep austerity measures

Prime Minister David Cameron says changing policies due to unpopularity would be 'the wrong thing to do'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not bow to pressure to scale back austerity measures, even if the UK economy does not show signs of recovery soon.

Mr Cameron said a rethink would be “the wrong thing to do”, after a poll showed 59% of voters want a slowdown in spending cuts if economic forecasts remain grim.

The survey by ComRes for ITV News, conducted in November and December, suggests just less than a quarter of the public (24%) backed a continued hard-line stance irrespective of the conditions.

Asked about the pressure to rein in austerity measures, Mr Cameron told ITV News: “I think that would be the wrong thing to do.

“If we took the easy path… the effect wouldn’t be the relief that people would seek. The effect would be that international markets would question Britain’s credit worthiness and for our interest rates to start going up to levels that you see in other countries around Europe.”

He said he is determined not to alter course – even if that means being defeated at the next general election, due in 2015.

“I would rather be a one-term Prime Minister who does the right thing than a two-term Prime Minister who does the wrong thing,” he said.

“You have this duty as Prime Minister, as a Government, to do the right thing even in difficult circumstances and that means sticking to the plans that we have to deliver the low interest rates and the business environment that we need to get jobs and growth in Britain.”

ComRes interviewed 2,050 adults online between November 25-27 and another 2,052 adults between December 16-18 and the data was weighted to be demographically representative.

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