The British economy grew by 0.8% in the three months to September according to the Office for National Statistics., which said there had been a "fairly strong" performance across all sectors.

The growth was in line with expectations, and economists say provides "robust" evidence that the recovery is gathering speed. 

Gross domestic product had grown by 0.7% in the second quarter.

Production, services and construction rose by 0.5%, 0.7% and 2.5% respectively.

Within production, manufacturing grew by 0.9%. The output from services is now slightly above the pre-recession peak in 2008.

In a tweet Chancellor George Osbourne said: "0.8% growth. This shows that Britain's hard work is paying off and the country is on the path to prosperity."