Britain's economic plans are not a gamble, levelling-up minister Simon Clarke said on Friday, ahead of a fiscal statement due to set out tax cuts designed to spur economic growth that outstrips rising national debt.

"The evidence of the 1980s and the 1990s is that a dynamic low tax economy is what delivers the best growth rates - this isn't a gamble, the weight of history and evidence is with us," he told the BBC. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Kate Holton)