21 OCT 2010
The European Parliament voted through a budget rise yesterday that will cost Britain an extra £900 million next year – on the day George Osborne announced deep cuts to public spending.
By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels | Telegraph
A £6.5 billion EU budget rise that would increase EU spending by six per cent to £114.5 billion – of which £9.2 billion would be the British contribution – was voted through by MEPs in Strasbourg.
The increase, which Britain has so far failed to block, will cost the British taxpayer an extra £884 million and is a sum equivalent to the costs of employing an additional 14,000 NHS doctors, 29,000 nurses, 34,000 police constables or 52,000 Army privates.
David Cameron was questioned over the "obscene" Strasbourg vote by back-bench Conservative MPs during Prime Minister's Questions and pledged to oppose the increase during negotiations in Brussels next month.
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