SNP claims that a Labour government would impose significant public spending cuts on Scotland are "ludicrous", Anas Sarwar has said.

The Scottish Labour leader said such comments are a "symbol of their desperation" and accused the SNP of being "out of tune and out of step" with public opinion in Scotland.

His comments come after First Minister John Swinney used a speech on Friday to claim that the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will inflict "significant cuts" on public spending in Scotland if his party wins the July 4 General Election.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank has already warned of "sharp" cuts to come, regardless of whether Labour or the Conservatives win power.

On Monday Swinney said he is deeply concerned that Labour and the Tories are "debating our economic future in a parallel universe - by refusing to accept the reality of their decisions."

Asked about the attacks on a visit in Glasgow on Monday, Sarwar said: "This is just the latest in a series of ludicrous claims and attacks from the SNP because it appears now that they are less interested in getting rid of the Tories and more interested in attacking the Labour party.

"And I think they are out of tune and out of step with the Scottish people.

"The Scottish people recognise that this election is our opportunity and one we can't afford to miss to get rid of this rotten right-wing Tory government and that's what I'm focused on.”

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The Scottish Labour leader also said that the UK immigration system needs to change as the current system is "fundamentally broken", having been "completely trashed" by the Conservatives which he said is having a negative impact on attracting talent and delivering services.

Sarwar said: "Having an immigration system that is fit for purpose, that is linked to our skills system - because there's a complete disconnect in our skills system - means that we can look at UK net migration which in my view is too high.

"But I think it's important to look at the different demands and challenges in different parts of the UK around immigration so an immigration and skill system that meets the needs of London will be very very different from what it means in Aberdeen and the north east and be very different from what it means for the Western Isles and our island communities.

"Therefore, I think we do need to change our immigration system to make it fit for purpose and match it with our skills system."