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Jim Murphy elected Scottish Labour leader

Jim Murphy. Credit: PA

Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Mr Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire, was elected with more than half of the vote, ahead of Holyrood health spokesman Neil Finlay and former Scottish Executive minister Sarah Boyack.

The leadership contest was sparked when Johann Lamont stood down suddenly, accusing colleagues in Westminster of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

Kezia Dugdale, MP for the Lothian region, was also elected as the party's deputy leader.

Scottish Labour to announce new leader

Scottish Labour leadership candidates (left to right) of Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay and Jim Murphy. Credit: PA

Scottish Labour will announce who its new leader is later today.

Former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy, Holyrood health spokesman Neil Finlay and former Scottish Executive minister Sarah Boyack are all vying to take on the job.

The leadership contest was sparked when Johann Lamont stood down suddenly, accusing colleagues in Westminster of treating Scotland like a "branch office".

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Mr Murphy, who played a high-profile role in the Better Together campaign, is the bookies' favourite to win.

However, Mr Findlay has attracted strong support from the trade unions.

Scottish Labour's new deputy leader will also be declared, with North Ayrshire and Arran MP Katy Clark and Lothian MSP Kezia Dugdale competing for the position.

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MP 'sorry for error' in suggesting fisheries job 'not for women'

A Labour MP has apologised after he suggested the post of fisheries minister was not a suitable job for a woman.

Frank Doran came under fire after remarking during a Commons debate that he was "not sure it is a job for a woman".

Aberdeen North MP Frank Doran insists his comments were not sexist. Credit: PA

He initially insisted he was not being sexist because "I know the fishing industry". But in a statement last night the Aberdeen North MP said:

I apologise for what I said earlier.

It was an error of judgment which does not represent my view or the Labour Party's.

– Frank Doran, MP

No new policy, but a change of tone from Miliband

Ed Miliband delivered a speech on the public finances today that was short of new policy detail, but marked a change in tone from the Labour leader.

He has committed his party to balancing the book over the course of the next Parliament.

This would mean budgets falling across Whitehall, except in "a limited number of protected departments", Mr Miliband said.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports.

Miliband denies there's 'nothing new' in policy speech

Ed Miliband has denied his economic policy speech contained "nothing new" after ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby questioned the Labour leader.

"I don't agree with that Tom, it won't surprise you to know," Miliband said.

"We're setting out ... what the backdrop will be for a Labour government."

"I'm saying very clearly that outside a limited number of protected departments, budgets will be falling year-on-year until we have the current budget in balance," he added.

Miliband makes his first pledge ahead of the election

Labour leader Ed Miliband has made his first pledge ahead of next year's General Election - to "balance the books".

ITV News Westminster Producer Adam Smith reports:

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Miliband suggests Tories will take Britain back to the 1930s

Ed Miliband has suggested the Conservatives' economic plan will "take Britain back to the 1930s" in a speech setting out Labour's plans to tackle the deficit.

However ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby is unsure whether the comparison is "useful":

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