Years of austerity 'to continue'

Press Association
Danny Alexander
Danny Alexander

The Government has "seen the economy through its darkest hour", Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander will declare today as he urges Liberal Democrats to claim credit for the recovery.

Mr Alexander will say that although there is a "brighter future" for the country, the years of austerity will continue until at least 2020 in an effort to reduce the national debt and meet the cost of an ageing society.