Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman defends Ed Miliband on the Today programme after Unite general secretary Len McCluskey turned on the opposition frontbench's approach to spending cuts:

"It's simply not the case that we're accepting the government's spending cuts. That couldn't be further from the truth.

"We think that the government's austerity spending cuts are making a bad situation worse; we think that they're too far and too fast. And actually we're fighting the cuts.

"Obviously we have to make sure that the deficit is brought down and that's a combination of what we do on tax, what we do on public spending, but importantly it must be the generation of growth.

"So we're not accepting austerity cuts; we are totally opposed to them and we are fighting them."