Ed Balls

‘I’m not going to let them off the hook’

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  18 February 2014

As he prepares to respond to next month’s budget, Ed Balls is in a fighting mood, find Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Shortly after Christmas Ed Balls gave an interview with the New Statesman which held out the prospect of a period of détente between the shadow chancellor and Nick Clegg. He described a ‘very …

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Hunt finds the sweet spot

The Insider  |  4 February 2014

Being a shadow minister can be a miserable job. First, you have to make a splash, or people will call you lazy. The best way to make a splash is to announce exciting new things, preferably while wearing a fetching hi-visibility hardhat on a building site, or after visiting some charming preschoolers in one of …

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Battlelines drawn

Sally Gimson  |  29 January 2014

The battlelines for the next election were more clearly drawn today than they have ever been. Labour’s key point is that, even if there is a recovery, only the rich will really benefit and most of Britain won’t feel it. This is why Ed Miliband asked again and again whether the Tories were going to …

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A year of two halves

David Talbot  |  10 January 2014

December and, more importantly Christmas, are an extended sojourn where the only politics on offer are that of the family variety. The battles and spoils of the year past recede into an unusual outburst of bonhomie. That and it is always worth seeing Ed Balls dressed as Santa. The serene landscape allows a nuanced look …

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Christmas gifts

Matt Forde  |  18 December 2013

The festive delights of the CLP fundraiser Christmas means one thing in politics: dinners. Lots and lots of dinners. The jewel in the crown of this season is the constituency fundraiser. It’s traditional at Christmas that gifts come in threes, so here are the three treats you should look out for at yours … Gold: …

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A mud-wrestle of a PMQs

Sally Gimson  |  20 November 2013

Sometimes the problem with Twitter is that you call it too soon. Ex-Labour MP Tony McNulty got in trouble at today’s prime minister’s questions by tweeting halfway through, ‘Public desperate for PM in waiting who speaks for them – not leader of opposition indulging in partisan Westminster Village knockabout’. It was a tweet David Cameron’s …

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A game-changer in our European future

Will Tanner  |  6 November 2013

Monday’s CBI report on Britain’s membership of the European Union is a serious piece of work and could turn out to be a game-changer. Not just for the European debate but for Labour’s position in it, and for Labour’s relations with the business community. It was almost buried in the coverage of the CBI conference …

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The Armitt challenge

John Denham  |  31 October 2013

Last year Labour asked John Armitt to review long-term infrastructure planning in the UK. Armitt was fresh from the successful delivery of the Olympic Park to high standards, on time and under budget. It was a bold move by Labour after our 13 years in power. When Armitt said ‘Over the last 40 years, UK …

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Labour’s new childcare settlement is sign of intent

Lucy Powell MP  |  27 September 2013

Labour’s message for parents on childcare this week is that Britain can do better. Labour has certainly thrown down the gauntlet. With Stephen Twigg (and Yvette Cooper’s) announcement of guaranteed wraparound childcare for primary school children and Ed Balls’ bold pledge to increase free childcare for three- and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours Labour …

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Introducing a healthy scepticism into spending

Stephen Beer  |  23 September 2013

Ed Balls gave an uplifting speech at Labour conference, focusing the economic debate on the squeeze in living standards. Even before conference, Labour had been successful in shifting the debate on the economy to a more focused debate on what, if anything, the latest recovery means for most people. We need to continue to work …

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