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Commenting on the Rotherham abuse scandal, Ed Balls said there had been a failure in leadership and that people in positions of power should resign. "It’s the view of the Labour Party announced in the last hour...that Mr Wright should s... Continue to article
Labour press release By Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister While David Cameron and George Osborne complacently claim the economy is now fixed, the truth is most people are worse off under the Tories. And the fi... Continue to article
The Prime Minister has steered clear of the ice bucket challenge, but is the net now closing in on Ed Miliband? Labour MP Stephen Twigg filmed himself being doused in ice cold water last week, and nominated his fellow Merseyside MPs Luci...
Ed Balls said Andy Burnham's death tax idea was discussed a few years ago but insisted it was not a Labour policy. "It's not the policy of the Labour party to have a tax on death. We had our national policy forum a couple of weeks ago in... Continue to article
Ed Balls welcomed the Bank of England’s call for a clawback on banker’s bonuses, but said a Labour government would go further. “We’ll see the full details later this morning. There’s some suggestion there’s been some watering down. But,... Continue to article
Conservatives press release Responding to excerpts of Ed Balls’ speech, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel MP said: “Ed Balls’ speech would mean £17 billion more spending, but he has only found £105 million to pay for it.... Continue to article
Please, politicians of all colours, leave your ideology at the door, show you have learned the lessons of the past and build a skilled, competitive economy of which our grandchildren can be proud. Continue to article
Danny Alexander welcomed today's growth figures and disagreed with suggestions that the Coalition Government's policies delayed the recovery. "It clearly isn't job done, but it is a good set of figures for the UK today, it's the mission ... Continue to article
Ed Balls said people were still under pressure from the cost of living, despite the news that economic growth has returned to pre-recession levels. “Finally we have got back to where we were in 2007, it’s happened three years after Amer... Continue to article
IMF tell us the UK will be fastest growing economy in the G7 this year. Even Ed Balls will find it tough to spin this negatively. Great news
Ed Balls defended his decision to sack Sharon Shoesmith as Haringey council's head of children's services over the Baby P case, in spite of an appeal court's criticism of his actions. "I’m afraid what happens in our society is that when ... Continue to article
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has accused Labour of being "weak" because of their failure to support or condemn the public sector worker strikes today. In a statement to the House, Mr Maude pointed out that Ed Miliband and the Sh... Continue to article
Ever since he helped draft Gordon Brown's five (unpassable) tests for UK membership of the euro, Ed Balls has long been a Brussels sceptic. And it was no surprise when he last year said it would be 'stupid' for Labour to rule out an In-O... Continue to article
Ed Balls said change was needed to ensure Britain continued to offer good jobs for people. “We have a great history in our country of innovation, science, wealth creation. But for the 21st century, we need more good jobs, we will need mo... Continue to article
Thank you for that very kind introduction. And thank you all for being here today. Thanks to Mike Wright, John Armitt, Maggie Philbin and Andrew Adonis for their inspiring presentations. I was with Andrew this Tuesda... Continue to article
Ed Balls confirmed Labour would not cut corporation tax if it came to power, instead pushing for lower business rates "I said that we supported the cut in corporation tax down from 33p down to 21p. I said we wanted to keep the lowest lev... Continue to article
Len McCluskey said Ed Miliband needed to "demonstrate with a cohesive package what new deal he is going to present to working people". "I think there's been some really interesting debates taking place within the party. Jon Cruddas and A... Continue to article
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock argues that only the Conservatives can lay claim to being the party of business and opportunity Having lost the argument on the economy, Labour have today demonstrated conclusively that th... Continue to article
Ed Balls's pro-business line, if developed and sustained, will do more for Labour than all the defrosted corporatism of the past year.
John Mills welcomed Ed Balls’ pledge today that Labour would ensure Britain kept the lowest corporation tax rates in the G7. “Possibly [some of Labour’s rhetoric in the past could be seen as anti-business]. I think that as elections appr... Continue to article
Ed Balls dismissed suggestions that Labour was 'anti-business'. "As Ed Miliband said in his Sunday Times article, we are pro-business, but we're not pro-business as usual, we know there has to be change in our economy. If you look at the... Continue to article
Shabana Mahmood defended Labour’s target to get 50% of school leavers into higher education, but admitted that the other half did not get sufficient support. “I think Ed’s [Balls] right to say that looking at the skills offer for the w... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said businesses felt Labour had pursued a “deliberate agenda” against businesses. “I think most businesspeople will be watching Ed Balls this morning in complete disbelief. They’ve spent the last four years attacking busines... Continue to article
Ed Balls has set out plans for reform of the tax system, which included a commitment to keeping corporation tax below 26.5% and clamping down on tax avoidance. The Shadow Chancellor attempted to establish a clear stance on Labour’s relat... Continue to article
Ed Balls insisted Labour was not afraid to take radical decisions and denied there was a split with policy review chief Jon Cruddas, after he described a “dead hand” at the centre of the party blocking bold reform. “We’re going to come u... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron announces a rail improvements package for Cornwall on a visit to the South West and visits Scotland to discuss the union Labour leader Ed Miliband (10.05), shadow chancellor Ed Balls (09.25), shadow business ... Continue to article
Ed Balls urged the House of Commons to support his proposals for the OBR to audit parties’ manifestos, ahead of a vote later today. The Shadow Chancellor also accused George Osborne of not engaging on the issue, as the Chancellor failed ... Continue to article
Ed Balls claimed an audit of the parties' manifesto spending commitments by the Office for Budget Responsibility would help combat political disillusionment. "I think it's important that people see that our sums add up, that every commit... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused George Osborne of bringing the Government into disrepute by hiring Andy Coulson, after the former No 10 communications chief was found guilty of phone hacking. Following a long-running trial stemming from allegation... Continue to article
Ed Balls said "nobody will believe" George Osborne's claims to be planning to regenerate the North with a new high-speed rail link. The IEA called it a "headline-grabbing vanity project". However, Natalie Rowe aka Madam Pain, just simply th...
Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour's shadow chancellor, commenting ahead of George Osborne's speech, said: "Nobody will believe the Tories can deliver the jobs, growth and investment we need for the North of England. "Regiona... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield World Cup fever has arrived in Andy Burnham’s office. A whiteboard lists the Shadow Health Team’s sweepstake choices, the wallcharts are scoured and the talk is of ... Continue to article
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has said a currency union independent Scotland would be a "non-starter" and that his party was prepared to include a commitment against sharing the pound in the event of a Yes vote. Mr Balls, a former chief eco... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Opposition day debates (1st allotted day): (i) Passport applications; (ii) Energy prices Adjour... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused minister of “burying their heads in the sand” and failing to take the necessary action to address the problems in Britain’s economy. The Shadow Chancellor was speaking in a Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech. In t... Continue to article
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said political parties “cannot import into Britain the American techniques that President Obama used” and expect to win in 2015. The Labour party has hired Obama adviser David Axelrod to help with ... Continue to article
What characteristics constitute a good leader? Does a politician require Churchillian rhetoric that can inspire a nation, a natural ease that makes people want to join them for a pint, dead-eyed calm and cutting intelligence to make the rig... Continue to article
Ed Balls said the housing market in the south east needed to be carefully watched for signs of a bubble, after the European Commission issued recommendations to the UK government. "I don't think we need the European Commission or Commiss... Continue to article
Former chancellor Alistair Darling and Ed Balls have clashed over Labour's plans to deal with the deficit, the Guardian reports. Mr Darling will warn the party conference that they will lose credibility if they move away from his program of halving the deficit, while Mr Balls urges a slower pace of recovery.
Ed Balls has said George Osborne has "run out of excuses" as figures showed the UK had slipped into a double-dip recession.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, the Shadow Chancellor said yesterday was a "Black Wednesday" for families across the country, and that the current recession was "made in Downing Street by David Cameron and George Osborne".
He also said the Conservative Party had "arrogantly refused to listen" to warning about their deficit reduction plan and that families had a right to be angry.
The Treasury has been accused of failing to publicly disclose its plans to claw back £500m that was allocated for health spending this year. Ed Balls said that the "tax grab" on pensioners, referred to in the media as the 'granny tax', was "not the only hidden bombshell in the budget. David Cameron and George Osborne have silently taken half a billion pounds from the National Health Service". Figures published in the Budget show the Department of Health underspent its allocation by £900m this year and whilst £400m will be rolled over into this year's budget, the remaining £500m will be returned to the Treasury.
David Cameron has insisted the economy is “the biggest issue” for the Coalition and vowed to push for growth, but Ed Balls accused the Prime Minister of “doing nothing” for the economy.
After figures this week showed the UK is in a double-dip recession, Mr Cameron told the Andrew Marr Show: “This is the biggest issue for the Government... the biggest issue for the country, this is the thing that drives me.”
He added that ministers would "redouble all our efforts to make sure" that all the Government's programmes were delivering jobs and growth.
But Mr Balls accused the Prime Minister of empty rhetoric and said the Coalition’s policies had failed: “David Cameron today is saying the economy is the most important thing but he’s doing nothing about it. He’s nothing to say, his plan’s not working and he’s ploughing on regardless.”
The Shadow Chancellor earlier warned of a "lost decade" of slow economic growth and high unemployment if the Government does not change its plans for the economy. Speaking to the Observer, Mr Balls said: "I am not predicting years of recession, although we could well be in for a long 'lost decade'-style period of slow growth and high unemployment."
The Shadow Chancellor has accused George Osborne of being in “denial” about the “self-defeating extreme austerity” which he said is the reason why “Britain is stagnating while America is growing strongly”.
In a statement Ed Balls said: “Not only was last month’s botched Budget deeply unfair, it failed to come up with the plan for jobs and growth Britain desperately needs right now.”
Speaking ahead of this week’s growth figures for the first quarter of 2012 he predicted the country is likely to have grown by around 0.3% to 0.5% and he said such “sluggish growth” meant the UK economy has “barely grown at all over the last six months”.
“George Osborne’s economic mistakes mean this is now a slower recovery than even the 1930s depression. And unless he changes course I fear Britain could be set for a lost decade of slow growth – bumping along the bottom while other countries race ahead."
Ed Balls has said Gordon Brown will never be seen as a "great" Prime Minister. In a Times interview, the Shadow Chancellor maintained Mr Brown's leadership was "of monumental significance", but he was less keen to discuss his relationship with Ed Miliband. "Ed’s not going to agree with everything I want to do and I’m not going to agree with everything he wants,” he said.
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