UK Politics

Conservative Party: Andy Burnham admits Labour would have cut jobs and spending

News   •   Sep 20, 2010 12:59 BST

Last night's Question Time revealed deep disagreements between Labour leadership contenders Ed Balls and Andy Burnham.

Admitting that Labour's election campaign lacked "credibility" on the budget deficit, Andy Burnham called for "honesty" in the debate. "There would have been significant spending cuts under Labour and there would have been job losses under Labour."

His comments were angrily refuted by rival Ed Balls who claimed that "Labour would have been creating jobs... We wouldn't have been abolishing them". Mr. Balls continued, "let's not do the coalition's job for them in this debate."

Responding to the row, Conservative Party Chairman Sayeeda Warsi said, "Andy Burnham has let the cat out of the bag and admitted that Labour planned public spending cuts and job losses. Unfortunately, the other leadership candidates are still in denial about leading Britain to the brink of bankruptcy. Labour said they would make £44 billion of spending cuts but never said where they would come from."

And she added, "Since the election, the Coalition Government has not received a single constructive proposal from the Labour Party about what savings they would make. Rather than knee-jerk opposition, they now must come up with a credible, alternative plan to tackle the gaping hole they left in the public finances."