Speaking at tonight’s question time debate Labour leader Ed Miliband was forced to defend Ed Ball’s comments regarding the letter Labour’s Liam Byrne left when the coalition government entered no. 10.
The infamous note from the Labour party joked that there was no money left for the Coalition government when they took power in 2010.
Miliband defended Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, who previously said the ‘no money left’ letter was meant as a ‘piece of humour’. Miliband said: “Ed Balls takes getting the deficit down incredibly seriously.”
The Labour leader was forced to defend his economic policy on Question Time when an audience member asked how Labour could be trusted to get the deficit down after their overspending when Gordon Brown was in power.
Ed Miliband responded by saying that some parties want no cuts but this is not his policy. Miliband continued, saying: “I believe the economy will succeed when working people succeed.”
The audience grilled Miliband further arguing that Labour is more committed to borrowing.
“Cameron may have sounded like he was giving you assurance, he was not. He says under Labour, tax credits will not be cut, tax credits and child benefit are now on the ballot.”
David Cameron displayed the infamous letter when he walked out to the BBC programme tonight.
The Conservative leader previously expressed ‘fury’ at Ed Balls’ comments. The former chancellor has refused to apologise for Liam Byrne’s letter, Balls has said that he was ‘proud’ of Labour’s achievements.
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