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Jeremy Hunt clashed with BBC Radio 4 host Emma Barnett in a testy interview this morning.

The fiery second got here because the BBC presenter pressed the Chancellor on whether or not he felt wealthier following the cost-of-living disaster.

Mr Hunt, who defended the UK’s economic system after inflation dropped to 2.3%, replied: “It’s lovely talking to you Emma but it’s almost like you’re not actually listening to the answers I give.”

The host replied: “I am listening incredibly carefully.”

Mr Hunt went on: “Well then let me say this. I said you we’ve created more jobs than anywhere else in Europe, we’ve had more foreign investment.

“I discover you have acquired excellent researchers on the Today programme you have not challenged me on any of these information and the rationale I do not suppose you have challenged me is as a result of you realize they’re true.”

Ms Barnett insisted she was listening, prompting Mr Hunt to say: “Well we’ll get on simply advantageous aren’t we?”

The presenter then pressed the Chancellor to answer her question on if he felt wealthier after the cost-of-living squeeze.

He could be heard saying “me too” when Ms Barnett said she was interested in her listeners’ household finances.

Addressing her question, Mr Hunt said: “It is nothing to do with me. It is to do with my duties as Chancellor.

“What I know when I became Chancellor is we had the Office for Budget Responsibility saying we were going to have the biggest fall in living standards ever.

“We had the Bank of England saying that we have been going to have the deepest, the longest recession for 100 years.

“What did Rishi Sunak and I do? We had cost-of-living support at about £3,000 per household, we paid for about half of people’s electricity bills.

“The results of these troublesome choices, they usually have been troublesome as a result of in the long run we needed to put up taxes to pay for a few of these choices, however the result’s that residing requirements have gone up since Rishi Sunak grew to become Prime Minister, we have not had that lengthy recession.”