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MK joins Plaid Cymru and SNP in condemning Labour Party for planned public sector cuts
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has joined Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party in condemning the Labour Party for its “austerity-lite plan” to “cut public services.”

Cllr Loveday Jenkin, MK’s parliamentary candidate in Camborne and Redruth, was commenting on the recent speech on the deficit given by Labour leader Ed Miliband, in which he outlined plans to further reduce funding for the public sector.

She said:

“Over the last four years, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition has inflicted austerity onto the communities of the United Kingdom, ripping the heart out of important public services, allowing inequality to grow and allowing the rich to get richer.

“And yet, the Labour Party – instead of standing up for ordinary people – is also planning deep and damaging cuts to the public sector.

“It shows that there is little between the three largest London-centred political parties, and voters need to support more progressive alternatives, such as Mebyon Kernow, Plaid Cymru and the SNP.”

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Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards MP responded to Ed Miliband’s speech as follows:

“The Labour Party leader today attacked the Tories for their plans to reduce spending on public services to levels not seen since the 1930s, at 35% as a share of GDP. What was revealed in questioning after his speech, is that Labour’s plans would see it at roughly the same, 37% of GDP – again a level not seen since the 1930s, before the creation of the NHS and when people left school at the age of 14.

“This yet again shows that there is little or no difference between the Westminster parties, with Labour lumped to the Tories’ ideological plan to shrink the size of the state. Prior to the Autumn Statement, I warned that the Government’s spending plans for the next parliament would return us to the 1930s if pushed through. What is even scarier is the fact that the Labour Party’s plans are essentially the same.”

Stewart Hosie, the Deputy Leader of the SNP, meanwhile described the Conservatives and Labour as “two sides of the same coin” following reports about “Ed Miliband’s plans to cut public services for years to come if he becomes the next Prime Minister.”

He said: “Ed Miliband and Labour’s commitment to Tory cuts only highlights the fact that they are two sides of the one coin … last week’s Autumn Statement proved beyond any doubt that austerity has failed. The Tories have failed to meet a single one of the economic targets since they came to power – and Labour are completely devoid of any alternative.”
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By Dick Cole. Published on 23rd December 2014.

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