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Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

Key points from the Autumn Statement:  


* Petrol tax rise of 2p a litre planned for next year is cancelled.

* Rolling back green levies takes an average £50 off energy bills.

* Financial resources provided to fund expansion of free school meals to all school children in reception, year one and year two.

* New priority right to move for social tenants who need to relocate for a job.

* New loans worth £1 billion to unblock housing developments including in Manchester and Leeds.

* Plans to increase train fares by 1% above inflation from January cancelled, so they go up in line with inflation.

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Poll: Who comes out on top in Michael Gove's row with Stephen Twigg?

Both have been wielding the poisoned pen today. Gove first published a 1,300 word letter to his opposite number, Labour's shadow education secretary, picking holes in the opposition schools policy; the favour was duly returned as Twigg fired off a (much shorter) critique around 4pm this afternoon. See extracts below: