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Politicians’ pyjamas: Cameron wears satin, Balls prefers a string vest and Hague, a kaftan

1 October 2014 17:53

Let’s talk pyjamas. Specifically, let’s talk paisley pyjamas. Never mind what poor Mr Newmark had hanging out of his; concentrate on the garment itself. You never think of politicians in… Continue reading

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Four reasons why this year’s Labour party conference felt so weak

24 September 2014 17:32

There are many reasons why Labour conference felt flat this year, and many of them are out of the party’s control. It cannot help that its MPs and a number… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

After a flat speech from Ed Balls, what is Labour conference holding its breath for?

22 September 2014 13:43

One of the curious traditions of Labour conference is that directly after the Shadow Chancellor’s speech, hard copies of his wise words are sold outside the conference hall. Any fiscally… Continue reading

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Ed Balls’ speech on balancing the books – full text and audio

22 September 2014 13:27

Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today.… Continue reading

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Miliband aide: Labour has never addressed the way the economy works

22 September 2014 12:02

What’s Ed Miliband’s vision for the economy? We’ll get the public version of that vision in a short while when Ed Balls gives his speech to the Labour conference, but… Continue reading

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Day One - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ed Balls: English votes plan is ‘most un-prime ministerial’ thing Cameron has done

22 September 2014 9:04

Ed Balls wanted to spend his Today programme interview talking about his plans to cut the deficit by limiting child benefit increases to 1 per cent and cutting ministerial pay… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls to freeze child benefit and dock ministerial pay

21 September 2014 22:00

Ed Balls, so used to dodging elephant traps laid by George Osborne, is going to lay a few of his own tomorrow when he gives his speech to the Labour… Continue reading

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Day One - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Coffee Shots: Ed Balls wounds journalist at bloody football match

21 September 2014 17:46

Ed Balls playing football each year at Labour conference is almost as big as Ed Balls Day. The Shadow Chancellor always participates enthusiastically in the annual hacks vs MPs match.… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband stakes all on his ‘big choice’

25 July 2014 8:59

Labour will launch its summer campaign later today. The centre-piece is Ed Miliband’s speech. He will present a ‘big choice’ to the British public, arguing that they cannot afford 5… Continue reading

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Labour wants to stay in its NHS comfort zone and ignore immigration and the economy

2 July 2014 14:06

PMQs taught us a number of things about Labour and the Conservatives. The first is that while Labour has a bumper economy week underway, it does not feel sufficiently confident… Continue reading

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There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet – and it could cost Ed Miliband the election

24 June 2014 13:50

That Ed Miliband is even having to state that he wants to carry on as Labour leader if he loses the general election when his party is ahead in the… Continue reading

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To be upfront about Labour's plans for borrowing, Ed Balls would have to make a complex argument about 'good' and 'bad' borrowing. Picture: Getty

What Ed Balls told the bankers

22 June 2014 11:15

Ed Balls knows how to talk to bankers. Having been Gordon Brown’s right hand man and City Minister under the last government, he is well known in the Square Mile—and… Continue reading

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Labour’s radical schools hypocrisy

7 June 2014 20:29

I see that the Labour party, and Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt in particular, are trying to make political capital out of the ‘Trojan Horse’ Islamic schools scandal. I’ll… Continue reading

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Tory HS2 rebel: We need a plan in case Labour drops support

28 April 2014 8:49

Whether or not key ministers whose constituencies are affected by HS2 turn out to vote at today’s second reading of the legislation introducing it, the bill will pass this stage… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Annual Conference

There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight and said: ‘I want to see a Labour Party that… Continue reading

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It’s official: smaller state and welfare reform leads to jobs record

16 April 2014 9:53

The British jobs miracle continues, with unemployment now down below 7 per cent and employment at an all-time high of 30.4 million. This is the level that Bank of England… Continue reading

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Only in September of this year will personal financial education become part of the national curriculum. Picture: Getty

Of course Labour doesn’t trust people with their money: the party made little effort to teach them about it

21 March 2014 13:38

Labour’s response to the biggest announcement of the Budget, on pensions reform, was never going to be snappy. It would be unfair to expect an Opposition to deliver an immediate… Continue reading

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Labour sticks to cost-of-living attack as Budget debate rumbles on

20 March 2014 17:45

If Ed Balls thought he could have done a better job than Ed Miliband at responding to the Budget, today he got his chance. The debate on the measures announced… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Budget elephant trap is still open and waiting for Labour

20 March 2014 9:32

Yesterday the Opposition didn’t really do all that much opposing. Labour announced it was going to vote in favour of George Osborne’s AME welfare cap, with Ed Balls arguing that… Continue reading

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Labour doesn’t want to talk about today’s budget

19 March 2014 17:46

Ed Balls has just delivered quite an odd post-Budget briefing. It was odd because he didn’t really want to criticise anything. Of course, when the Chancellor has just unexpectedly announced… Continue reading

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Budget 2014: Osborne’s Budget banter

19 March 2014 14:21

The Budget has, in recent years, been more tears than laughter, more pain than gain. Yet the upturn in Britain’s economic fortunes has put the Chancellor, whose ‘5 and 2’… Continue reading

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George Osborne and Ed Balls play it like it’s 2010

16 March 2014 10:06

George Osborne and Ed Balls have gone head-to-head in the media – the former in The Sun on Sunday and the latter in The Sunday Mirror. The two also appeared… Continue reading

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What does Ed Balls have against marriage?

14 March 2014 11:07

Ed Balls has announced today that he’d scrap even the tiny tax break that George Osborne is planning to offer next year, thus drawing another dividing line with the Tories.… Continue reading

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Ed Balls' last appearance on Question Time in November 2011. Photo: BBC.

Is Ed Balls scared of Question Time?

13 March 2014 17:00

Like it or not, Question Time is Britain’s most popular forum for political debate. Two million viewers regularly tune in, and Thursday evenings on BBC1 is when and where ordinary people… Continue reading

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