The Scottish National Party has warned only a strong team of SNP MPs in Westminster will mean a strong voice for Scotland as Labour confirms they would keep Tory cuts.
Asked by the Today programme what he would reverse from Osborne’s Budget, Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls replied that there was nothing, saying “From yesterday to be honest… there’s nothing I’m saying to you from yesterday I would reverse.”
The full discussion can be heard here.
Commenting, SNP Depute Leader and Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:
“Labour have now confirmed there would be no respite for Scotland by agreeing with the proposed Tory cuts.
“Those hoping a Labour government would offer an alternative to the Tories will be disappointed- but we already knew a majority of Labour MPs voted recently in the House of Commons hand in hand with the Tories for £30bn of extra cuts in the next government.
“Meanwhile Danny Alexander has failed to distance himself from the Tories with his feeble statement in Parliament today. Danny Alexander himself voted with other Lib Dem MPs for £30bn of additional cuts, and people will not easily forget that the Lib Dems voted for the bedroom tax and tripling tuition fees- and they are facing political annihilation as a result.
“Under Osborne’s plans- and now Labour’s plans- there will be additional cuts to welfare, tax credits and public sector pensions, with overall cuts set to be far larger than anything we have seen over the past five years.
“A strong team of SNP MPs in May will mean a strong voice for Scotland – to win the powers promised to Scotland, reverse austerity cuts in favour of investing in growth and jobs, and stop the waste of tens of billions of pounds on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons.”