The Scotsman cartoon: Jim Murphy’s nurse pledge

Illustration: Iain Green

Illustration: Iain Green

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LABOUR would use money generated by taxing millionaires in London to pay for 1,000 extra nurses in Scotland, Jim Murphy has pledged.

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband has not been consulted on the policy, but Mr Murphy said he is sure it will meet with his approval and be welcomed by the vast majority of people in England where much of the tax burden will fall.

The nurses would be funded using Scotland’s share of the mansion tax - calculated under the Barnett formula - demonstrating the benefits of maintaining a UK-wide tax base, according to Mr Murphy.

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