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17 June 2011

Ed Balls balls up

During an argument over Balls's rented constituency office, Balls suggests the landlord take up the

By Duncan Robinson

Ed Balls’s problems with his former constituency office are well-documented. But one particularly funny allegation had escaped The Staggers‘ attention until now.

At one stage during the dispute, [Balls] apparently suggested that Mr Sampson contact his local MP – who is Yvette Cooper, Mr Balls’s wife.

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Update: Ed Balls’s office has been in touch. Here’s what they said:

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“The reference to Yvette Cooper is nothing to do with Ed Balls’ dispute with the landlord of his office in his former constituency of Normanton. Mr Balls was separately helping the landlord with some planning issues he had with the local council regarding other properties he owned in the area. Given his constituency no longer covers the Normanton area, Mr Balls advised Mr Sampson that he was passing on the correspondence and files pertaining to those planning issues to Yvette Cooper’s office.”

In any case, the dispute was tied up today.