Ed Balls

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

Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

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

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

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

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

A slimmed-down George Osborne poses with the Budget. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

The Lib Dems could go from being the ‘nice party’ to the ‘nasty party’

11 March 2014 13:22

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 reading

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Coffee Shots: Labour gets tough

10 March 2014 14:35

Labour says it is tough on welfare policy. And today, the party launched its tough compulsory jobs guarantee funding pledge by looking tough too. Ed Balls, Ed Miliband and Rachel… Continue reading

Controversial High Speed Rail Link Given Government Approval

Will HS2 become an election issue?

6 March 2014 17:15

In an interview with The Spectator this week, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admits that HS2 will not have been approved by parliament before the next election. This invites the… Continue reading

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The Coalition mating game

18 February 2014 14:58

There are ornately-feathered birds in New Guinea that have less bizarre mating rituals than Labour and the Lib Dems. The two parties need to show that it isn’t impossible to… Continue reading

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What is Alex Salmond’s plan for the currency now?

14 February 2014 13:05

Alex Salmond is now a man without a plan. He is offering Scots a future of uncertainty and instability. Threats of a debt default leaving Scotland and Scots with a… Continue reading

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The Tories haven’t been installing their people in quangos – but they should have

6 February 2014 11:30

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They have been comatose on the subject. One of the greatest… Continue reading

Will political dithering lead to a u-turn on HS2? Illustration: Morten Morland.

David Higgins warns politicians of the costs of dithering on HS2

3 February 2014 15:19

Sir David Higgins is making the most of the first few weeks in his job as chief of HS2 Ltd to fight the new line’s corner. In an interview in… Continue reading

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Why Ed Balls doesn’t care about criticisms of his tax plan

3 February 2014 12:00

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party fell from a 66 majority to 48 seats behind the… Continue reading