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LISTEN: David Cameron doesn't know how much national debt has increased

"I haven't got the figure off the top of my head."

During an interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, David Cameron was asked how far the national debt has risen. He was accused of failing to eliminate the deficit, and pushing up the national debt.

But rather embarrassingly for the PM, who incessantly criticises Ed Miliband for forgetting to mention the economy, he didn't know:

"I haven't got the figure off the top of my head."

The answer: over £100bn.
 

Cameron seems to be rather forgetful of late. Recently, he couldn't tell us how much the Living Wage is, giving a very similar excuse: "I don’t have the figures in my head."

I'm a mole, innit.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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