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SNP would vote down a Labour budget it doesn't approve

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP would vote down a Labour budget that it does not approve of.

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took part in the BBC Election debate at the Mansfield Traquair Centre in Edinburgh Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Speaking during a live televised debate on BBC Scotland Sturgeon said her party would be prepared to bring down a Labour budget "if it proposed more cuts".

She said: "The red-line in terms of the budget for me is that Labour don't oppose more austerity cuts, it's not the Barnett formula - what are you talking about.

"I'm talking about one priority - getting rid of austerity."


Rio Ferdinand's sister thanks public for 'love and support'

Rio Ferdinand pictured with wife Rebecca Ellison in February this year. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand's sister has thanked the public for the "love and support" the family has received since the death of the footballer's wife Rebecca on Friday.

The defender announced he his "soulmate had slipped away" following a short battle with cancer in a statement issued by his club, QPR.

His younger sister Sian wrote on Twitter the family wanted to say a "huge thank you" for the kind messages since the news broke adding "it hasn't gone unnoticed".

Murphy accused of 'lying' about benefit sanctions

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been accused of lying after he said there was a "deliberate policy" under the Conservatives to issue sanctions on benefit claimants no matter what they do.

Jim Murphy took part in tonight's live debate Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Speaking during a televised election debate this evening Murphy said the government "has a target that no matter what your behaviour you will get sanctioned by the Jobcentre and won't find out about it until you go to the hole in the wall to get your cash and find out that you have got no money."

After hearing his comments Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson publicly accused him of lying.

She said: "That is an outright lie. It is a falsehood. It is made up. He is peddling a falsehood that he knows is fictitious.

"I went and checked when he first started talking about this before and it turns out it is utter nonsense."


Man,101, found alive eight days after Nepal quake

Funchu Tamang survived under the rubble of his home for more than a week. Credit: ITV News

A 101-year-old man has been found alive more than a week after the Nepal earthquake demolished his home.

Funchu Tamang was pulled from the rubble on Saturday with only minor injuries to his ankle and hand.

Police officer Arun Kumar Singh told news agency AFP: "He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable."

Police also pulled three women survivors from the the rubble earlier today in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts, although it was not immediately clear how long they had been trapped.

Two men killed in light aircraft crash

Two men have died after a light aircraft crashed on its approach to Dundee airport today, police have confirmed.

The aircraft crashed near the village of Abernyte, Perthshire, 10 miles west of where it was supposed to land. It is believed the plane was travelling from Inverness to Dundee.

Police Scotland said: "Police Scotland can confirm that the wreckage of a light aircraft has been found in the Abernyte area, near Dundee. The two male occupants of the aircraft have been found to be deceased."

Clegg: No need to change tuition fee limit again

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told reporters that he believes there is "no need" for the £9,000 limit on university fee's to be changed again.

Nick Clegg has been on the campaign trail today Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Speaking while on his campaign bus today Clegg said: "I see no need to change the limit again. Labour, perhaps by their own admission, have concocted this new approach - as a politician I understand it - to exacerbate the Liberal Democrat embarrassment.

"They want to catch headlines, they want to score points, but nobody remotely serious - Vince Cable's been very articulate on this - thinks that the Labour policy does anything in real terms other than provide a more generous repayment schedule for the wealthiest graduates."

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