Labour leadership battle: €2bn Budget correction 'an outrage'

With a week to go to the result of the Labour leadership result, one of the candidates says a €2bn correction in the Budget would be an outrage and kill the economy.

Alex White made the comments at the final hustings in Dublin last night.

Meanwhile, Joan Burton has urged the two Labour members on the banking inquiry to expose "the toxic things that happened".

Last night up to 300 Labour party members attended the final hustings before the new leader and deputy leader are announced next Thursday.

More than a third of those entitled to vote have already returned their ballots.

Asked about the Budget, Alex White made it clear that he did not support a possible €2bn correction in October.

"We do not need to take anything like €2bn out of our economy in the Budget," he said. "In fact, it would be an outrage to even contemplate doing that. If we were to do it, it would kill the economy

Joan Burton told the gathering that she was proud of in opposition having "beat it out" of Brian Cowen that some tax breaks were economically mad.

The deputy leaders also debated, with a key focus on party structures and promises for greater debate on policies.

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