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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

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A row between the Treasury and health experts over NHS cuts descended into a squabble about TV quiz show University Challenge last night.

The row had escalated earlier in the day after a group of health experts published criticisms of the Government's policy on NHS expenditure.

Treasurer George Osborne, however, speaking at the Tory party conference, angered many when he accused the experts of acting for political reasons.

Interviewed by the BBC later, a spokesman for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said he was "disappointed" by the Chancellor's comments.

Another spokesman for the London School told us: "Oh forget that - what about our team on University Challenge? We only watched it today - one of the techies recorded it for us.

"It looked like they were down and out halfway through, but they fought back. OK, they took their foot off the pedal towards the end and Nottingham stuffed them by 50 points, but at least they're through."

London School's score of more than 140 assured them a place in a play-off for a second-round berth as one of the four highest-scoring losers.

But a Treasury spokesman was less than impressed. "Look at them - they're all doing post-graduate studies and their average age was 26. They should have walked it.

"Mind you, Nottingham were no spring chickens either, with an average age of 27 - but that was because one of them looked about 45."

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