December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has hit back at criticisms made in yesterday’s paper by former Norwich MP Charles Clarke.
He said he was not going to make irresponsible pledges he knew he could not deliver as he hit back at Mr Clarke’s comment that Mr Balls had “developed the doctrine of never making a commitment to anything ever at any time other than to support Norwich City Football Club”.
Questioned about Norwich South MP Charles Clarke’s jibe in yesterday’s interview with the EDP and Norwich Evening News, he defended his “cautious approach”.
He told presenter Martha Kearney on the BBC World at One programme that he was “proud to support Norwich City Football Club or, as we say in Norwich, Premiership Norwich City Football Club”.
Pushed on the question of why people “on his own side” did not think he was doing enough, he said: “I am not going to start making irresponsible pledges which I can’t know I can deliver. That is why I am taking a cautious approach.
“But look, rightly, people are now saying with 18 months to go we want a change, George Osborne has failed, David Cameron has been exposed as an unfair Prime Minister – what will Labour do to make our lives better? And we will set that out.”