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Ed Balls was out in force on the airwaves today, fulfilling his role as Labour’s baiter-in-chief. In his Andrew Marr interview, he couldn’t resist bringing out his trademark gesture halfway through and was rewarded with what might be the...
Danny Alexander said the Government's plan to reduce energy bills would be compatible with its environmental commitments. "We’re going to deliver £50 off people’s energy bills, and we’re going to do so in a way that ensures that we conti... Continue to article
Ed Balls said it was Labour’s aspiration to run a fiscal surplus in the next Parliament, but stressed that it was dependent on seeing sustained growth in the economy. “Yes. Tempting as it is though, I’m not going to say to you today, bef... Continue to article
Alistair Carmichael dismissed suggestions from Alex Salmond the SNP white paper on independence was in the best interests of the UK. "There's never been any doubt that Alex Salmond wanted to keep the pound. The fact is that he's come up ... Continue to article
Conservatives press release Conservative chairman Grant Shapps said last night: "This is a pathetic attempt to evade the serious issues. Labour have big questions to answer, and when they are asked, they simply try to avoid them by claim... Continue to article
James Morris said it was in the public interest to leak an internal Labour email describing Ed Balls as a "nightmare". "Clearly the content of it was very revealing and that’s why I took the decision that it should go out into the public... Continue to article
Ed Balls accused Nick Clegg of lying over claims that he received a large donation from disgraced Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers. “To allege and smear that I have received £50,000 from Paul Flowers, it’s a lie, and I hope he will withd... Continue to article
Ed Balls was demanding more borrowing to get us out of recession. We’re out of recession and growing.
Ed Balls insisted he and Ed Miliband got along and dismissed suggestions he wanted to be Labour leader. "The good thing is that me and Ed totally agree on our economic approach. We were laughing about this last night, what can either of ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband dismissed reports of a rift between himself and Ed Balls. “It’s fair to say that people send silly emails in offices and this was one of them. Ed and I are working really well together, I’m really proud to have him as the Sha... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused the Government of “giving with one hand and taking with the other” after ministers announced plans to shift the burden of green levies off energy bills and onto general taxation. Speaking at Treasury Questions today,... Continue to article
Ed Balls insisted there was “no space for shenanigans” in Labour, as calls grow for the party to publish or reopen its internal investigation into the Falkirk candidate selection row. “There’s been an internal report, but clearly there’s... Continue to article
Ed Balls has pledged that Labour will work together with British businesses to develop policies to help Britain’s economy. The CBI director general John Cridland has recently said that some of the rhetoric emanating from the Labour conf... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron is expected to call for a review into the HS2 budget at the Confederation of British Industry conference in London. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls (11.20) and London mayor Boris Johnson (16.45) also attend Enviro... Continue to article
Labour party press release Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to announcements about the future of RBS, said: "After the firesales of Royal Mail and Northern Rock, we will scrutinise George Osborne’s plans for the fut... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said there was still a long way to go to ensure the sustainability of the economic recovery. “We’ve seen growth now over a number of quarters. This is balanced across all the sectors – we’re seeing good growth in parts of... Continue to article
Ed Balls argued millions of families in the UK were not sharing in the economic growth heralded by today's GDP figures. “It’s good news that finally we’re starting to get some growth back – it’s long overdue, we’ve had three wasted and d... Continue to article
Conservative party press release Reacting to Ed Balls' article talking down the British economy and attacking the Help to Buy scheme, Conservative MP Nick De Bois said: 'Conservatives have stuck to our economic plan and it is working.... Continue to article
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls explains why the the Government is failing on the cost of living despite reports of economic growth. Continue to article
Ed Balls said he found some of the reaction to his Autumn Statement response last year, when he struggled with his stammer, “really upsetting”. “I’ve had loads of bad experiences… I found out afterwards that people thought it was about a... Continue to article
David thank you for inviting me to speak here today. I’m a big supporter of your work at Civitas. I think of your politics as both radical and conservative. It is a sentiment that is shared by a large part of the electorate tod... Continue to article
Dear Prime Minister, Today at Prime Minister's Questions, in answer to a question from my colleague Tom Harris MP, you said that “all married couples paying basic rate tax will benefit” from your proposed Marriage Transferable Tax A... Continue to article
Ed Balls claimed today's IMF forecast was no cause for celebration. "It’s only back to where we were last July this growth forecast. The last three years the economy has flatlined, that’s why the deficit has not come down, but more impor... Continue to article
Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IMF's World Economic Outlook, said: "After three wasted years of flatlining it's good that we finally have some growth. But this is the slowest recovery fo... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP ... Continue to article
To win a majority in 2015, the Conservatives must take the fight to Labour, says Mark Pritchard Notwithstanding the recent political fallout from the Syria vote, this has been a good nine months for the Conservative Party. Unity has... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield The Department for Transport has got the builders in. The scaffolding is up, the walls are shaking and Patrick McLoughlin can barely be heard in his office as loud drilling judders up ... Continue to article
Alison Munro accepted the business case for HS2 needed to be made “more strongly” to sure up support for the project. “We’ve always recognised this is bound to be a hugely controversial project, it’s always going to be a political issue ... Continue to article
Ed Balls accused George Osborne of standing up for the wrong people after the Treasury launched a legal challenge to the European Union's plan to cap bankers' bonuses. "I think it tells you everything about David Cameron’s government tha... Continue to article
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls dismisses criticism of Labour's plan to freeze energy bills for 20 months if it is elected in 2015, insisting it is "clear we need to act" Continue to article
Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of Transport, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, Do you remember David Cameron’s promise on rail fares last year? Capping future increases at just one p... Continue to article
Ed Balls' comments on HS2 at an Independent fringe The costs have gone up and up and there’s also been questions about the benefits. I think a better approach for a Labour Shadow Chancellor is to say ‘we need to know the costs are pro... Continue to article
Ed Balls gives v strong hint Lab wd ring fence health spending after 2015."V likely to want to protect health spending in the future" Continue to article
Ed Balls again hints HS2 cash cd go to housing. Public worried re "shortage of affordable housing" and think "don't take me for granted".
Ed Balls said Damian McBride had made mistakes and that he "was a law unto himself". "Yes [I think he did make a mistake]; he wrote a hideous email for which he got sacked, and he has now written a book where he has admitted to doing a s... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, three weeks ago I returned from maternity leave. It’s been wonderful to have that time t... Continue to article
Ed Balls arrived on conference floor after a furious morning of media interviews. He’d been buffeted by attempts to link him to the nefarious deeds of Damian McBride. He’s been attacked by the Tories over a supposed “black hole”. Continue to article
Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, we meet here in Brighton. With the General Election now just nineteen months away Determined to defeat th... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of Business, Innovation and Skills, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, as I’ve travelled round the country, visiting our town centres, talking... Continue to article
Ed Balls will unveil a ten-hour increase in free childcare for working parents during his speech at the Labour Party conference. Continue to article
Ed Balls said there was no truth in reports that Labour would cut child benefit payments to parents who do not ensure their children have up-to-date vaccinations. "There is no question of a Labour government ever taking child benefi... Continue to article
Energy secretary Ed Davey begins a ten-day trade visit to China Policing minister Damian Green speaks at the Association of Chief Police Officers excellence in policing conference in Coventry (09.30) Scottish deputy first minister Ni... Continue to article
You can read a full transcript of this interview here. When Jon Cruddas looks out from the Labour conference platform in Brighton this weekend, he may have an otherworldly expression on his face. The Dagenham and Rainham MP wo... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Michael Dugher is in his Commons office, desperately trying to move a Nottingham Forest beermat out of shot of The House’s photographer. He may be a loyal fan, but the Barnsley East ... Continue to article
Where are you on the policy review? I came last year and our task was to build the policy review, from a bit of a standing start. That’s not a criticism, that’s just because for the first two years it was getting out from un... Continue to article
Tim Farron denied he had changed his mind on the universal free school meals policy but defended his colleagues who had once opposed it. “I’ve not changed my mind at all, I think there are situations around the country when an individua... Continue to article
Conference, it’s great to have you here in Scotland. In Glasgow or, as we like to call it in Inverness, ‘the deep south.’ This great city has many claims to fame: its industrial heritage, culture, football, it’s even the home of the new ... Continue to article
The Liberal Democrat conference has overwhelmingly supported a motion from the leadership retaining the Government’s deficit reduction target. Nick Clegg successfully urged delegates not to accept amendment calling for the party to shif... Continue to article
Ed Balls said George Osborne’s claim that Britain’s economy was “turning a corner” was “really misplaced”, and insisted that Labour had a better vision for the future. “That’s precisely what we’re going to try to do. There’s three big ch... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the Government was guilty of “dithering and delay” on the new HS2 rail line. “This was originally a Labour plan that we devised and said we were committed to before the last general election. If only the current governme... Continue to article
Former chancellor Alistair Darling and Ed Balls have clashed over Labour's plans to deal with the deficit, the Guardian reports. Mr Darling will warn the party conference that they will lose credibility if they move away from his program of halving the deficit, while Mr Balls urges a slower pace of recovery.
Ed Balls has said George Osborne has "run out of excuses" as figures showed the UK had slipped into a double-dip recession.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, the Shadow Chancellor said yesterday was a "Black Wednesday" for families across the country, and that the current recession was "made in Downing Street by David Cameron and George Osborne".
He also said the Conservative Party had "arrogantly refused to listen" to warning about their deficit reduction plan and that families had a right to be angry.
The Treasury has been accused of failing to publicly disclose its plans to claw back £500m that was allocated for health spending this year. Ed Balls said that the "tax grab" on pensioners, referred to in the media as the 'granny tax', was "not the only hidden bombshell in the budget. David Cameron and George Osborne have silently taken half a billion pounds from the National Health Service". Figures published in the Budget show the Department of Health underspent its allocation by £900m this year and whilst £400m will be rolled over into this year's budget, the remaining £500m will be returned to the Treasury.
David Cameron has insisted the economy is “the biggest issue” for the Coalition and vowed to push for growth, but Ed Balls accused the Prime Minister of “doing nothing” for the economy.
After figures this week showed the UK is in a double-dip recession, Mr Cameron told the Andrew Marr Show: “This is the biggest issue for the Government... the biggest issue for the country, this is the thing that drives me.”
He added that ministers would "redouble all our efforts to make sure" that all the Government's programmes were delivering jobs and growth.
But Mr Balls accused the Prime Minister of empty rhetoric and said the Coalition’s policies had failed: “David Cameron today is saying the economy is the most important thing but he’s doing nothing about it. He’s nothing to say, his plan’s not working and he’s ploughing on regardless.”
The Shadow Chancellor earlier warned of a "lost decade" of slow economic growth and high unemployment if the Government does not change its plans for the economy. Speaking to the Observer, Mr Balls said: "I am not predicting years of recession, although we could well be in for a long 'lost decade'-style period of slow growth and high unemployment."
The Shadow Chancellor has accused George Osborne of being in “denial” about the “self-defeating extreme austerity” which he said is the reason why “Britain is stagnating while America is growing strongly”.
In a statement Ed Balls said: “Not only was last month’s botched Budget deeply unfair, it failed to come up with the plan for jobs and growth Britain desperately needs right now.”
Speaking ahead of this week’s growth figures for the first quarter of 2012 he predicted the country is likely to have grown by around 0.3% to 0.5% and he said such “sluggish growth” meant the UK economy has “barely grown at all over the last six months”.
“George Osborne’s economic mistakes mean this is now a slower recovery than even the 1930s depression. And unless he changes course I fear Britain could be set for a lost decade of slow growth – bumping along the bottom while other countries race ahead."
Ed Balls has said Gordon Brown will never be seen as a "great" Prime Minister. In a Times interview, the Shadow Chancellor maintained Mr Brown's leadership was "of monumental significance", but he was less keen to discuss his relationship with Ed Miliband. "Ed’s not going to agree with everything I want to do and I’m not going to agree with everything he wants,” he said.
01/12/2013 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 live
01/12/2013 on Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
26/11/2013 on BBC News
23/11/2013 on Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4
21/11/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
18/11/2013 on The Agenda, ITV
18/11/2013 on Daybreak, ITV1
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