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Lucy Powell confirms: debt-addicted Labour has no plan to balance the books

29 March 2015 14:02

‘You aren’t listening to what I’m saying,’ said a rather rattled Lucy Powell, Labour’s election chief, whom the party put up for BBC Sunday Politics today. I suspect that, by now, she’ll… Continue reading

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Vatposter

David Cameron’s VAT pledge spells disaster for Labour’s new poster campaign

25 March 2015 22:26

Ed Miliband had a disastrous PMQs today after the Labour leader claimed the Tories would raise VAT, only to have David Cameron deny that he would increase the tax. Besides leaving Miliband… Continue reading

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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

Voters won’t be able to make an informed choice in May

19 March 2015 10:57

If there’s one major takeaway from this morning’s Budget interviews, it is that voters won’t get the opportunity to make as informed a choice as many would like in May.… Continue reading

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Are the Conservatives really running the most ‘positive possible campaign’?

18 March 2015 11:45

While the nation is on tenterhooks for the 2015 Budget, the Tories have filled the news gap this morning with a new attack video. As you can watch above, Conservative HQ… Continue reading

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How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33

George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by talks of post-election deals rather than the contents of the… Continue reading

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Rory Stewart, the Defence Select Committee chair (Photo: David Levenson/Getty)

The issue of the defence budget could force more Tory MPs to become rebels

9 March 2015 17:13

One of the really striking claims that Ed Balls made in his speech today was that the Tories would end up cutting more from the defence budget than Labour. This… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls struggles to land punches in tax showdown with George Osborne

23 February 2015 17:19

Naturally, when George Osborne and Ed Balls squared up in the Commons this afternoon for a showdown on the HSBC tax row, it wasn’t a particularly pretty affair. There was… Continue reading

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Ed Balls

Labour tries to resuscitate tax row

17 February 2015 15:12

Presumably as a way of getting out of an endless debate about receipts, Ed Balls has issued a letter with some detailed questions about tax evasion and HSBC (as opposed… Continue reading

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Ed Balls Kill Bill

Labour’s tax fight turns scrappy

17 February 2015 9:39

Well, those tax attacks worked out well, didn’t they? Tax avoidance is on the front pages of the newspapers, but not in a way that benefits either main political party.… Continue reading

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Labour finally starts to articulate its vision for British business

10 February 2015 13:59

Why isn’t Ed Miliband at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference? Ed Balls tried to defend his boss this morning as he arrived at the event, saying it was… Continue reading

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Labour fights back on HSBC leak

9 February 2015 14:16

After being told by the Tories that he has ‘questions to answer’ on the BBC story about HSBC, Ed Balls has decided to tell the Tories that they have ‘questions… Continue reading

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David Gauke: Ed Balls has questions to answer on HSBC leak

9 February 2015 8:51

The HSBC tax dodge leak is from 2007, and so has nothing to do with the current government, sort of. Ministers have been defending the appointment of Stephen Green as… Continue reading

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Does Balls get dough?

Former chairman of Pizza Express: Labour ignorant of way capitalism works

3 February 2015 15:59

‘The Labour Party is looking to appoint a Business Relations Administrator’ according to their website. Is this the toughest job in Westminster? After a vicious onslaught from Tory sympathising CEOs like Boots’… Continue reading

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British Business Secratary Peter Mandels

Is fear of Mandelson holding Labour back on tuition fees?

2 February 2015 18:15

Patrick Wintour has a fascinating piece in The Guardian on Labour’s dilemma on tuition fees. Particularly striking is that Ed Balls is deeply concerned about how Peter Mandelson might react… Continue reading

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Labour fails to turn up to work for Treasury questions

27 January 2015 14:10

The Commons is pretty quiet at the moment, draining of energy earlier and earlier in the week as MPs head out to their constituencies. So quiet, in fact, that Labour… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Tours East Midlands

Are the Blairites sitting comfortably for Labour’s election campaign?

20 January 2015 18:26

Lord Mandelson likes to think he knows a thing or two about Labour winning elections. So it’s odd that the man so keen on message discipline should start sticking his… Continue reading

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Osborne Balls street fight

Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls?

13 January 2015 18:10

Even though they ended up walking through the lobbies together (though not hand in hand, skipping, sadly), Ed Balls and George Osborne still managed to have the sort of Commons… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: In which today’s big loser is the NHS

7 January 2015 16:45

Everyone predicted a sombre PMQs. It was anything but. A mood of opportunistic and lacerating silliness dominated today’s exchanges. The NHS – poor thing – was fought over like a… Continue reading

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Axelrod

Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

Labour now thinks it is safe to reject the Tory narrative on the economy

11 December 2014 7:58

Labour has returned to a bit more of an even keel in the past few wintry weeks after a torrid autumn. Plotters are resigned to letting Ed Miliband fight the… Continue reading

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Ed Balls v Sarah Vine.

Handbags for Commons couples: Sarah Vine vs Ed Balls

9 December 2014 17:11

It was a battle of the Westminster couples last night as Yvette Cooper took to the airwaves on Tom Bradby’s ITV Agenda show. Snarkily commenting from the couch at home,… Continue reading

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Ed Balls responding to the Autumn Statement.

Ed Balls survives tricky Autumn Statement response under intense heckling

3 December 2014 15:06

Labour has had a poor run of Autumn Statement and Budget responses for a couple of years now, and with only today’s statement and the 2015 Budget to go before the… Continue reading

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PMQs: Ukip’s presence unnerves both the Tories and Labour

26 November 2014 13:36

Ed Miliband is determined to talk about the NHS as much as possible at PMQs while David Cameron wants the economy to be Topic A. The result: Miliband asks about… Continue reading

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Osborne Limbo

Ed Balls outflanked by Tory backbenchers at Treasury questions

4 November 2014 15:57

Ed Balls had two great lines of attack today at Treasury questions, but didn’t really manage to get any traction with either. He started his stint in the Chamber by… Continue reading

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An NHS stale-mate and squirms for John Bercow, in today’s PMQs

22 October 2014 13:11

Today’s PMQs was an NHS stale-mate. David Cameron went after Labour on the NHS in Wales, demanding that Labour agree to an OECD inquiry into the NHS there, while Ed… Continue reading

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