When Balls and Miliband clashed

Watch the pair exchange blows at the NS Labour leadership hustings.

Ed Miliband may have just named Ed Balls as his new shadow chancellor (how could he not?) but the pair haven't always enjoyed the warmest of relationships.

One memorable clash took place at the New Statesman Labour leadership hustings last June. After a particularly verbose answer from Balls, Miliband quipped: "It's just like being back at the Treasury." To which Balls humourlessly replied: "Tell us the answer then, Ed, like you always do."

Turn to 5:15 in this video to watch the exchange in full.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

Show Hide image

The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

Listen to this episode of The Deep Dive now:


0800 7318496