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UK parliament speaker disappointed by budget leaks

·1 min read

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - Britain's House of Commons speaker said he was very disappointed that Wednesday's budget announcement had been undermined by the continuous leaking of significant announcements to reporters.

"It is very disappointing that one of the biggest moments in the parliamentary calendar has been undermined by the continuous leaking of significant announcements to the media over several days," a statement from Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and his deputy, Eleanor Laing, said.

"It takes away from the importance of the occasion, which is for everyone to find out the contents of the Budget at the same time - and the principle of announcements of new policy being made to the House first."

(Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper)