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British PM Raided as 'Absolute Disgrace'

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TEHRAN, June 16 (ICANA) – Britain's Labour party chief Ed Miliband has described Prime Minister David Cameron as an "absolute disgrace" in a PM's Questions clash over welfare reform.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:49:49 PM
British PM Raided as 'Absolute Disgrace'

The Labour party chief said the proposed changes to welfare system would result in cancer patients losing £94 a week in benefits and urged Cameron to halt the reforms.

But, Cameron accused the Labour chief of using the issue as a "smokescreen" to cover his party's reluctance to reform the welfare system, stressing that it was "weak leadership of a divided party."

"What an absolute disgrace, to describe talking about cancer patients in this country as a smokescreen," Miliband replied.

Earlier, Cameron had insisted that plans in the Welfare Reform Bill to cap benefits at the average level of earnings were correct. The legislation is set to clear the Commons on Wednesday night but there had been reports of a U-turn on the £26,000 cap.

He told Tory Margot James (Stourbridge), "We are right to reform welfare. Welfare costs have got out of control in our country."

"When the Prime Minister signed off his welfare Bill, did he know that it would make 7,000 cancer patients worse off by as much as £94 a week?" the Labour leader asked.

Cameron said that was "simply not the case," adding that, "We are using exactly the same definition of people who are suffering and are terminally ill as the last government. We want to make sure those people are helped and protected."

He told Miliband, "If you are in favour of welfare reform, you want to encourage people to do the right thing, it's no good talking about it, you've got to vote for it."

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