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Cameron claims 'spectacular' victory to limit EU budget rise

UK PM David Cameron says he has "succeeded spectacularly" in seeing off a potential 6% EU budget increase.

He has been accused of "grandstanding" after saying he wanted the 2011 budget frozen, then agreeing to a rise that will cost the UK an extra £450m a year.

He said he had won agreement from 12 EU leaders that the rise should not exceed 2.9%, amid calls for a 5.9% rise.

Labour said his strategy had been a "complete failure" and some Eurosceptic Tories wanted a budget freeze or cut.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Brussels.

  • 29 Oct 2010