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Ed Balls said it was likely wages would start rising faster than prices this year. "The first thing to say is that the culmination of all the changes in tax and benefits – the rise in VAT, the cuts to tax credits, the abolition of child ... Continue to article
In what is fast-becoming an annual tradition, Ed Balls will don the leggings and run 26.2 miles on Sunday for the London Marathon. Several of his parliamentary colleagues have sponsored him so far, including his political arch-rival Geor...
Ed Balls said Maria Miller’s decision to hand her pay-off for leaving the Cabinet to charity was a “good thing”. “The rules of the game are when people leave this job, like other jobs, they get a portion of their salary. And if you sudde... Continue to article
Last autumn’s reshuffle was interpreted by some as the march of the Osborne-ites. Two of the Chancellor’s allies climbed further up the Government’s flagpole today as Sajid Javid became DCMS and Equalities Secretary, with Nicky Morgan st...
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech in Birmingham on One Nation Labour’s plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, said: It’s great to be in Birmingham today. And where better to talk about Britain’s economic futur... Continue to article
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party activists said: We meet on the eve of some important changes in our country. From tomorrow... ...millions of people will open their... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in London Children and families minister Edward Timpson (09.45) and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt (11.40) speak at a NSPCC conference in London on chi... Continue to article
Ed Balls said David Cameron and George Osborne needed to take responsibility for the sell-off of Royal Mail, after a National Audit Office report found it had been undervalued. “What actually happened, partly because of Peter Mandelson’s... Continue to article
Nicola Sturgeon said commonsense was breaking out in the Scottish independence campaign. "The Scottish government has said ever since George Osborne, Ed Balls [and] Danny Alexander ruled out a currency union is that this is bluff for the... Continue to article
Margot James said Labour would remain "shackled to the past" until they got rid of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls. . “I think Labour’s problem is that they’re stuck in the past where the economy is concerned; they can’t confront the state the... Continue to article
Alex Salmond said the anonymous minister suggesting that the UK would allow an independent Scotland to keep the pound was a “demolition” of the No campaign’s arguments. “It’s copper-bottomed but hauled below the waterline. And what the i... Continue to article
Diane Abbott argued Liam Byrne had allowed the Conservatives to dictate the narrative on welfare while he was Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. “There’s no doubt benefit claimants are really unpopular, but that’s partly because the pub... Continue to article
So how did he do? Last week’s Budget was widely seen as George Osborne’s last big chance to shift the political and economic landscape before next year’s election. And while its real impact will be measured in months not days, the init... Continue to article
George Osborne has challenged Labour to set out whether it fully supports the welfare cap. He branded Labour the "welfare party" and accused it of making "phony arguments that welfare can be magically cut by spending more and borrowing m... Continue to article
Ahead of today's welfare cap vote, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said that Labour backed the cap but accused the Government of having the wrong priorities to get the overall welfare bill down. “Labour wants to cap social security spending. ... Continue to article
First Beaker, now Kermit. Yes, the green frog has come out against Scottish independence in an interview with the Big Issue to the delight of the Better Together campaign. I am reliably informed that Beaker agrees with @KermitOfficia...
Chris Leslie confirmed that there had not been a Shadow Cabinet meeting in advance of Rachel Reeves’ decision to say Labour supported the principle of the Government’s pensions shake-up, but he downplayed any split on the issue. “We have... Continue to article
Ed Balls said Grant Shapps' advert for the Budget was "incredibly patronising". "We’ve discussed this before: getting rid of the 10p tax rate in the later part of the last government was a mistake. A tax cut for 24m low income families. ... Continue to article
Ed Balls has just delivered quite an odd post-Budget briefing. It was odd because he didn’t really want to criticise anything Continue to article
Ed Balls tells BBC News that Labour will vote for the Government's welfare benefit cap next Wednesday
Ed Balls confirms Labour would vote for the Government's welfare cap. "Yes, we'll vote for that next Wednesday. We've supported the idea of a welfare cap and we've said that we should keep out the basic pension but include pensioner bene... Continue to article
It was once the case that betting on the Budget consisted of no more than guessing which phrases would come up in the Chancellor’s speech. No more. A mini industry has sprung up around the statement, with everything from the number of si...
“The last Labour government,” The Times front page last Friday reported Ed Balls as saying, “didn’t regulate the financial services in a tough enough way.” Continue to article
George Osborne said his Budget would address long-term weaknesses in the UK economy. "The message I’ll be giving in the budget is that the economic plan is working but the job is very far from done. We need to build a resilient economy a... Continue to article
Ed Balls tells @MarrShow Labour will support HS2 bill at 2nd reading if Higgins’ report (out tomorrow) shows costs are down
Ed Balls on HS2: "I hope David Higgins will show he has got the costs down & got a grip on this project…if so we will support it" @MarrShow
Ed Balls said Labour would support the HS2 bill at its second reading if Sir David Higgins has shown that costs have come down. "David Cameron and George Osborne, who lost a grip on this project, panicked and brought in David Higgins to... Continue to article
Buckle yourself in, get ready for the ride, it is now just a matter of days until the Chancellor’s big moment of the year. Yes, if you haven’t already drawn a big red ring around the date in your diary, we are, in case you’ve missed it... Continue to article
Conservatives press release Javid: Ed Miliband’s decision to break his promise shows he cannot reduce the deficit or stand up to his union bosses Today Labour have opposed one per cent pay restraint in the NHS, despite Ed Miliband and... Continue to article
The Office for Budget Responsibility supports the principle of vetting parties' policy proposals in the run-up to general elections, its chairman has revealed. Robert Chote's declaration will be seen as a fillip for Ed Balls, after the S... Continue to article
William Hague argued Ed Miliband's announcement today on Labour's position on an EU referendum had left voters with a clear choice at the next election. “As everybody knows, the absolute priority of this coalition government has been and... Continue to article
Danny Alexander managed to please Ed Balls at Treasury Questions today by revealing that he wasn’t opposed to the Shadow Chancellor’s call for the Office for Budget Responsibility to audit… Continue r... Continue to article
Ed Balls insisted that Treasury criticism of Labour's jobs guarantee had been based on analysis of an old scheme. “It’s true we said back in 2012, three years ago, the Chancellor could have used the money then for housing. Unfortunately,... Continue to article
Labour is committed to reducing the deficit in a fairer way. At a time when ordinary families face a cost-of-living crisis as prices rise faster than wages, there’s very little fairness to be found in this Government’s tax cut for the top 1... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Jonathan Hill likes to live in the moment. “I’m not very good at thinking long term ahead or particularly looking backwards,” he says, as he sits back in an armchair, sipping tea in... Continue to article
Good morning everyone, thanks for coming. Today is about two things: 1. Getting the Conservative family together, to introduce some of our candidates. 2. And talking about our mission; what a Conservative majority would really mean... Continue to article
What is the Chancellor describing here during an event in Sydney? Or perhaps this is a new hand gesture to deploy against Ed Balls at Treasury Questions? The post Coffee Shots: Osborne invents new ges... Continue to article
As he prepares to respond to next month’s budget, Ed Balls is in a fighting mood. Continue to article
As he prepares to respond to next month’s budget, Ed Balls is in a fighting mood. Continue to article
Ed Balls said that if an Scotland kept the pound as their currency it would place an "unacceptable burden" on UK taxpayers. "Scotland is making a momentous decision this year whether to stay in our union or to leave. I firmly hope Scotl... Continue to article
It is a huge pleasure to be here with you tonight. And to be giving the Hugo Young Lecture. Hugo Young was a figure of great decency and integrity. He wrote beautifully and insightfully and gave journalism a good name. As Alan R... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a COBRA meeting on flooding in England Home secretary Theresa May makes an oral statement updating the Commons on the Hillsborough disaster (12.30) Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (1... Continue to article
Would he be break up the Treasury to curb the power of Ed Balls? Continue to article
Danny Alexander said Ed Balls' spending plans showed voters that Labour would go back to their old ways if they win power in 2015. "What we've looked at is the approach to borrowing that Ed Balls set out on Monday - he wants to balance t... Continue to article
Nearly a week after it was announced, Ed Ballss deficit plan is suddenly coming under attack. Continue to article
Being leader of the opposition is justifiably often regarded as the worst job in British politics, apart perhaps from being Secretary of State for Health. But at least the Health Secretary can do something, even if it is not very much.... Continue to article
The Chancellor has left the door open to cutting the top rate of tax from 45% to 40% after a heated exchange in the Commons. Ed Balls laid down a challenge to George Osborne at Treasury Questions, asking him to rule out a further cut in ... Continue to article
Ed Balls said George Osborne was not making the long-term reforms the economy needed to have a sustainable recovery. "It’s good to have some growth back finally. We’ve had three years of flatlining where the economy didn’t grow and final... Continue to article
Ed Balls’s confirmation that Labour would restore the 50p top rate of income tax has gone down badly with the small number of people who would be eligible to pay. It isn’t very popular with conservati... 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.
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