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Burnham: Last Labour government was 'not profligate'

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has said the Labour government was 'not profligate' but did let the deficit get too high.

Burnham: Last Labour government was 'not profligate'. Credit: PA

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, Mr Burnham said: "The last Labour government was not profligate. The last Labour government was adopting a careful approach, but we did let the deficit get too large."


Labour facing biggest 'crisis' for 100 years

Labour is facing one of the greatest crises in its history, according to the man who oversaw the writing of the party's manifesto.

Jon Cruddas said whoever takes over as leader from Ed Miliband in the wake of a shocking General Election defeat must be prepared for a rethink on what the party is all about.

Labour's defeat was the worst since 1918, claims Jon Cruddas Credit: PA Wire

Speaking on BBC Radio Four, the MP for Dagenham and Rainham said: "Arguably, it's one of the great crises of the Labour Party's history."

I argued that the 2010 defeat was actually the worst defeat in Labour history since 1918, and the defeat of 10 days ago was much worse - so this is profound.

– Jon Cruddas

Murphy: Labour leaders 'should not be picked by union boss'

Jim Murphy launched a broadside attack on Unite boss Len McCluskey as he announced he will resign as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Mr Murphy said that while trade unionists were "a source of enormous strength and moral purpose" to Labour, the party should not be beholden "to one man."

One of the things about stepping down is that you can say things in public that so many people in the Labour party only say in private. So whether it's in Scotland and the contest to come across the UK. We cannot have our leaders selected - or de-selected - by the grudges and grievances of one prominent man.

The leader of the Scottish Labour party doesn't serve at the grace of Len McCluskey. And the next leader of the UK Labour party should not be picked by Len McCluskey.

– Jim Murphy

Murphy led Scottish Labour with 'energy and dignity'

Acting Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, paid tribute to Jim Murphy after he stood down as leader of the Scottish Labour party, saying he "has been a hugely important figure."

Jim has given so much to the Labour Party over the last twenty years. He, I know reluctantly, took the responsibility for leading Scottish Labour at the most difficult election they have ever faced. He did so with incredible energy, purpose and dignity.

As a cabinet minister and leader of his party in Scotland, Jim has been a hugely important figure in the Labour Party. He leaves with the best wishes and thanks of our movement.

It will now be for the Scottish Labour Party to choose its next leader.

– Harriet Harman


Sturgeon tribute to Murphy: Leadership is not easy

SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her support of Jim Murphy after he said he will quit as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Jim Murphy 'takes a swipe at Len McCluskey'

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy blasted union boss Len McCluskey as he confirmed he will resign in Glasgow.

Jim Murphy to quit as Scottish Labour leader

Jim Murphy has said he will resign as leader of the Scottish Labour party, shortly after winning a vote to stay.

Jim Murphy survives Scottish Labour vote to remain leader

Jim Murphy. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Scottish Labour's Jim Murphy has survived a vote of no confidence and will remain leader.

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