By Jonathan Davies

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the previous Labour government did not overspend before the financial crisis.

During the final televised leaders debate ahead of the general election, Mr Miliband was asked "do you accept that when Labour was last in power, you overspent?" to which he replied "no I don't".

Mr Miliband defended the spending of the previous Labour government. He said: "There are schools that have been rebuilt in our country, there were hospitals that we rebuilt, there were Sure Start centres that were built which would not have happened."

The next audience member described the claim that Labour didn't overspend as "ludicrous" and accused the Labour leader of lying. He explained: "The facts speak for themselves. You've stood there and said you didn't overspend - if I get to the end of the week and I can't afford to buy a pint, I've overspent. It means I haven't got any money left."

No SNP deal

As questions turned towards what would happen in the even of a hung Parliament, Mr Miliband made it absolutely clear that there would be no deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP), even if it meant not getting into government.

He said: "Let me be clear, we're not going to do a deal with the Scottish National Party. We're not going to have a coalition, we're not going to have a deal."

"I'm not going to sacrifice the future of our country, the unity of our country, I'm not going to give in to SNP demands around Trident, the deficit or anything like that," Mr Miliband added.

"There's no easy route to vote SNP and get a Labour government - if you want a Labour government, you need to vote Labour."