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United Kingdom Enters Recession as Economy Contracts 0.3% – Labor Party Reacts as Conservatives’ Growth Plan Falters

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United Kingdom Enters Recession as Economy Contracts 0.3% – Labor Party Reacts as Conservatives’ Growth Plan Falters

The United Kingdom economy has officially entered a technical recession, with the National Statistics Office reporting a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.3% from October to December 2023. This marks the second consecutive quarter of contraction, following a 0.1% drop between July and September. The ONS noted that despite the recession, the economy grew 0.1% compared to the previous year.

The third quarter of 2023 saw contractions in the main economic sectors, with a 0.2% fall in services, 1% in industrial production, and 1.3% in construction. In addition, there was a decrease in the volume of net trade and spending by both the Government and households.

This is the first time the United Kingdom has entered a recession since the first half of 2020, due to the effects of the pandemic. The data represents a significant setback for Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who had promised to grow the economy as one of his top priorities in the lead-up to the general election.

Following the results, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, attributed the low growth to the Bank of England’s decision to keep interest rates high to combat inflation. However, Labor Economy spokesperson Rachel Reeves criticized Sunak’s economic plan, stating that it was now “in tatters” and emphasizing that only her party has a long-term plan for more jobs, investment, and reduced bills.

As the UK grapples with the reality of a technical recession and its political implications, the country faces significant economic challenges ahead.

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