"The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget" - Chuka Umunna slams Jim Murphy

Ed Balls, Ed Miliband and Chuka Umanna all back Labour austerity on manifesto launch

SHADOW Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has piled further misery on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy by repeating Ed Balls statement earlier on Monday that there will be cuts to the Scottish budget under Labour, and cuts "not just in the first financial year but in the following financial years".

Umunna was asked repeatedly by interviewer Andrew Neil on the BBC Daily Politics Show whether Jim Murphy was wrong to say "there are no need for any further cuts after 2015/16".

Clarifying that Murphy does not decide Labour's financial policy, Umunna said: "The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget."

He added: "The leader of our country, the next prime minister, Ed Miliband will be in charge of the UK budget and he has just answered the question when it was put to him: will there be any cuts over the course of this parliament, not just in the first financial year but in the following financial years? He was absolutely clear there will be a need for further consolidation and cuts throughout the rest of the parliament."

Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, was asked about Scotland's budget on Monday morning.

The shadow chancellor explained: "Yes, there will be cuts outside non-protected areas across all these budgets, that will apply in England and in Scotland." (Click here to read more).

Responding to Balls' revelation, Scottish Government Finance Minister John Swinney said it was "the biggest revelation of the election in Scotland so far".

Swinney added: "For the last week, Jim Murphy has been ducking and diving trying to hide his party's cuts plans - now Ed Balls has shone a light on Labour's true intentions and blown a massive hole in his own party's campaign."

Labour's General Election manifesto focused on the party's commitment to "budget responsibility" by claiming that no promises in the manifesto are unfunded, the deficit will be reduced every year under Labour and there will be no additional borrowing.

The SNP has said it favours a "modest" increase in public spending in the next UK government, proposing a PS180bn rise over the full five year term of parliament.

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John Moss (not verified)

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

John Meek (not verified)

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

John Moss (not verified)

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Derek Louden

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Derek Louden

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Derek Louden

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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pictishbeastie

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

pictishbeastie

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

pictishbeastie

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Robin Barclay

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Robin Barclay

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Robin Barclay

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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markryle

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

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markryle

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

markryle

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Karen Dietz

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Karen Dietz

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Karen Dietz

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Roisin Murphy

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Roisin Murphy

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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William Steele

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

William Steele

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

William Steele

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Steve West

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

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Steve West

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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DAVID SMART

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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steve andrews

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Bill Fraser

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Paul Smith

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Paul Smith

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Paul Smith

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Jon

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Jon

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Jon

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Andy Ellis

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

Andy Ellis

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

Andy Ellis

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:19

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Malki80

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:02

Okay, Jim Murphy is not in charge of the UK budget. I think we all knew that. Has anybody told Jim?

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:59

John, has anyone told the BBC & STV "journalists & interviewers" who never challenge Smurphy when he makes these contradictory policy statements (often referred to as lies for shorthand)

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