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Ed Balls’s speech to Labour Party Conference

By Jay Elwes  

The hall was full. Ish. Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor stepped to the podium. Much has been said of late about the problem of “pigmy politics,” and of the lack of substantial figures in British politics. Mr Balls is one of the counters to that analysis. He brings with him an air of weight, of heft—of menace also.

This morning, on Radio 4, he insisted that he had played no part in the internecine warfare of the Blair vs Brown days, and had certainly had no part in, and was unaware of, the activities of Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s spin…

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