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New health secretary's warning on NHS growth

Health Secretary Andy Burnham admitted today he could not commit to NHS growth after 2011.

Harman predicts 'dismal' result for Labour

Gordon Brown was heading for another mauling in the polls tonight as the first results in the European elections showed a sharp fall in the Labour vote.

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