Ed Balls

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…

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…

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.…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…