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UK's Cameron says will not soften austerity

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister DavidCameron said on Tuesday he would not soften his austerityprogramme with a "Plan B" after the International Monetary Funddowngraded its growth forecasts for Britain.

"These are difficult times for the economy and what the IMFreport is doing is coming into line with other forecasters whohave already said that growth is going to disappoint rightacross Europe this year. We know that," Cameron told BBC.

"The IMF also say we shouldn't abandon our plans in makingreductions in government spending and also regrettably in somecases put up some taxes to get on top of our debt and ourdeficit."

"It's not 'Plan B' that we need. What we're doing is makingsure that every part of 'Plan A' is firing on all cylinders," headded.

The IMF said Britain might have to defer some of itsspending cuts if growth turns out much worse than expected.

(Reporting by Matt Falloon; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)

((matt.falloon@thomsonreuters.com))

Keywords: BRITAIN POLITICS/IMF