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WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE BROKEN VOWS; Showman Salmond has to failed blasts deliver, leader Labour.

Byline: Torcuil Crichton

ED Miliband has accused theSNPgovernment of "not living up to their billing" and wanting to rule again with policies they know they cannot fulfil.

As the Labour leader comes north again to spearhead the party's Scottish election campaign, Miliband said the SNP were elected on a wishlist they have failed to deliver on.

The Labour leader told the Daily Record: "I think when people focus on the broken promises of the SNP on health, on education, on housing, people will say we don't want more of that.

"We've got enough broken promises from the Conservatives and Lib Dems in Westminster, we don't want another set of broken promises at Holyrood."

But with recent polls putting the SNP and Labour neck and neck in the May 5 race, Miliband warned his own supporters they would have to battle for every vote to get Labour back into power.

He said: "I feel very optimistic about the election, but it is going to be a tough fight, no one is under any illusion about that.

"No votes have been cast and nothing can be taken for granted.

"But all my sense from coming to Scotland is that Iain Gray is the candidate with the momentum in this campaign. It is he who has been making the running.

"I think he is mounting a very effective campaign against the broken promises of the SNP. In the end, it will come down to showmanship versus statesmanship.

"People have got to make a decision whether they want someone who makes promises and doesn't keep them - that's Alex Salmond's record - or, do you want someone who is clearly a credible person, someone with deep values, who can take Scotland forward in a realistic way - that's Iain Gray."

Miliband praised the party's Scottish leader for being "realistic and honest" with voters ahead of a parliament most believe will see the Scottish government forced to make cuts in public services.

Changes

He said: "Iain is taking the right path of credible changes that can be made in difficult circumstances.

"I think he is setting out, not a wishlist that is uncosted, but a clear picture of the concrete changes we would make - the future jobs fund, his policies on the living wage that would make people's lives better.

"I think jobs will be one of the central issues of the elections in May. Iain Gray has shown that he is the one with the plan to get Scots into work, which is one of the things that I have been hugely impressed with in Scottish Labour's campaign.

"He has the ideas for Scotland's future, and that's clear from his plan to create jobs for 10,000 Scots. I know Daily Record readers will want to compare Labour's plans to the SNP's.

"Iain Gray has pledged to start advertising the first new jobs for Scotland's youngsters within 100 days of taking office, which is one of the reasons I think he has the momentum in this campaign."

Miliband ruled out having any veto on who Labour should be in coalition with in Scotland if they end up the largest party in the parliament.

He said: "In the end, Iain is going to have to decide if there is not a majority for any one party and it will be his decision to make."

He also revealed his fear Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg could sink the Yes campaign in the AV referendum being held on the same day as the Scottish elections.

He said: "I'll campaign with anyone who can help us win the referendum, but I think it will be harder to win in May because people will treat it as a referendum on Nick Clegg. I don't think Nick Clegg will help us win voters, because he has broken his promises in such a high profile way it's hard to see him as the harbinger of new politics."

He argued there was nothing new about David Cameron either.

Miliband said: "This is a traditional Tory government. All the stuff of the last five years, the hugging the huskies, hugging the hoodies, the social responsibility - all of it has gone by the board.

"In government there is a very different story about what David Cameron represents and what he is doing.

"The Tories want a small state. On the back of a high deficit, they thought they had an opportunity to make good on what they've always believed - to get government out of the way. I think the deficit has to be cut, but the way they're doing it is highly counterproductive.

"Look at 1945. We had a very big debt, we had to reduce it, but we had to think what kind of economy do we want, what kind of health service, what homes do we want for people. I see no sign from this Government that they have that kind of vision. Only now do they see the need for an agenda for growth.

That's Iain Gray's agenda and Labour will be focusing on creating jobs and getting growth in Scotland right up to the election and beyond."

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