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Government accused of insulting workers as ministers hold talks with health, education and rail unions – live

Nurses’ and ambulance strikes to go ahead after latest round of talks failed to make substantial progress

Rishi Sunak also insisted in his pooled TV interview that the government was focused on “the people’s priorities”. Referring to the promises he announced last week, he

What the government is getting on with is delivering on the people’s priorities. I set out five priorities, five promises I wanted to make to the country – that’s to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, reduce waiting lists, and stop the boats. That’s squarely what everyone in government is focused on.

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