Patricia Gibson, SNP candidate for North Ayrshire & Arran, has claimed Labour’s Scottish leader, Jim Murphy, has been “hung out to dry” by London-based party bosses.
Mrs Gibson spoke after Jim Murphy claimed there would be no further spending cuts in Scotland if Labour formed the UK Government after the election on May 7th. However, just one day after Murphy’s comments, the party’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls, and Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna both indicated cuts would continue under Labour.
Mr Umunna went as far as to state, “The Leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the budget.”
Patricia Gibson said, “Labour’s Leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy - or manager of its ‘Branch Office’ as his predecessor so starkly put it - has been cruelly exposed and hung out to dry by his own bosses at Westminster.
“Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and Chuka Umunna have made it crystal clear that a majority Labour Government would continue with Tory-Lib Dem austerity.
“Mr Umunna destroyed what little credibility Jim Murphy and Labour in Scotland have when he stated the party planned cuts, not just this year and next year but for the whole of the next parliament if they form the government.”
Mrs Gibson noted, “Only the SNP now stands against austerity and cuts to public services that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems wish to continue imposing on Scotland. Only a strong group of SNP MPs, fighting Scotland’s corner, can ensure a change of direction at Westminster and help build a fairer, more equal and prosperous Scotland.”