Shadow chancellor Ed Balls met “one of the broadest and most eclectic mixes” of business and community leaders during a trip to Gorleston.

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The MP, who was born in Norfolk and who has family in Norwich, visited the Cliff Hotel this afternoon to find out from local business owners and community groups what barriers they face.

The Q&A session, organised by the Great Yarmouth Labour party group, was also chance for independent traders to ask the senior Labour politician how his party could make a difference to people’s lives on the east coast.

Talking to the attendees, Mr Balls said: “I’ve been to lots of discussions but this has to be one of the broadest, most eclectic groups of people I’ve come across. You’ve made some great connections.”

The event, entitled Business and Community – Working Together, was aimed at promoting how the two groups could work together to share ideas and best practice.

Speaking after, Mr Balls said: “People want to know what we are going to do about jobs – Great Yarmouth has one of the highest rates of unemployment. They want to know whether we’re backing apprenticeships for young people.

“Sometimes in opposition you see that what people want is a change. I don’t feel that David Cameron and George Osborne, who have promised that, are really making changes that people in Yarmouth and Gorleston can feel.”

Accompanying Mr Balls was Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, Lara Norris.

“Ed’s come to hear from the people on the ground who are making a difference in our community and the fantastic organisations working together and tackling problems,” said Lara.

“Small businesses and community groups are facing the same barriers: and that’s mainly about money - small businesses just can’t get the finance from the banks, and charities are being made to jump through more and more hoops to try and get funding from an ever shrinking pot.

“I want to see more areas like ours, where people are getting organised on the ground and changing communities for the better.

“That’s why I’ve brought all these people together - to show Ed what Labour needs to do in power to support our communities, because it’s the people that keep places like Yarmouth great.”

13 comments

  • What a comedian this guy is. If he thinks that claiming Norfolk roots will lean people towards him, he's got another think coming. His febrile clown - like gestures and behaviour in the commons and the part he paid in the treasury team that made such a mess of the country's finances prior to the last election, leading to the famous "there's no money left" note lead me to believe that if the country votes him and his compatriots in at the next election we'll soon all be in another fine mess. He's the Hardy to Milliband's Laurel. LOL

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    inactive user

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • the 3.2 million immigrants labour let in was the biggest vote rigging scandal in world politics

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    milecross

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I don't see that any of the other political parties particularly care much what happens in Great Yarmouth. Our own part-time MP only turns up for photo op's and then retreats back to Essex and his 3 jobs. Not to mention the other Tory party (UKIP) whose only contribution is what? They have no policies and what they do have is by their own admission "drivel". Ignoring the large amount of borderline racist comments posted here, of which I don't see the relevance to the article I think it's refreshing to see Labour taking an interest in local busineses and community groups.

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    Sapere Aude

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • If david cameron hasnt made changes in yarmouth and gorleston and its still in a mess than the mess was made by you. Just like the mess you got this country in.

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    DAVE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • What a clown he really is, does he forget that his Labour Party made changes that almost destroyed the whole country. Why would anybody want to vote for Labour ever again???

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Him and his buddies left the UK in a mess and now he puffes and blusters his way as though he had no part in the demise!

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Balls by name Balls-up by nature.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • the party of the people , Just not ours

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    milecross

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Politicians like Balls have been nothing but a menace to the people of Yarmouth and Gorleston.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • "Born in Norfolk" what does he want a badge?. Didn't take him long to leave did it.

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    ggj666

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Ed Balls sofar has agreed to most changes introduced by this unpleasant coalition, more a case of getting rained upon after coming out of the shower.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We await the views of Horace Wimp , V, and possibly.....who knows.....even Raj Patel may be resurrected .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • You mean John it was a bigger vote rigging scandal than the 99.99 % vote for Saddam Hussein in the 1995 Iraqi presidential election ? And you know how those alleged 3.2 million immigrants voted ? You post under so many names i'm surprised you can even remember who you are.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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