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The special operations police officer who allegedly had an affair with Alan Johnson's wife has been suspended following media reports of an inappropriate relationship, Channel 4 News reports.
Mr Johnson's replacement as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls earlier called for the media to respect the privacy of his predecessor, who resigned yesterday. Paul Rice, who protected Mr Johnson during his time as Home Secretary, is reported to have been the police officer in question.
Ed Balls has acknowledged that he has a “big responsibility” to work with Ed Miliband on the economy.
The new Shadow Chancellor said: “I'm going to get on with the job. This is a huge debate about the future of the country, it's about jobs, it's about mortgage rates, it's about public services, and I've got a big responsibility now to do my bit with Ed Miliband to take this argument to the Coalition."
Conservative Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon this morning hit out at Ed Balls, describing him as "Gordon Brown's chief lieutenant" and claiming he was "the man who took us to the brink of bankruptcy". His Labour counterpart Harriet Harman hit back at those suggestions, saying: "I think they'll have a very dynamic and productive relationship with Ed Balls being an excellent Shadow Chancellor under Ed Miliband's leadership." She added that Mr Balls would be taking forward the economic path set out by Mr Johnson and Mr Miliband since the election.
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