December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Ed Balls admitted to being distracted by Norwich City’s defeat at the hand of Aston Villa while trying to write his conference speech yesterday - joking that the Labour Party gathering’s opening weekend was a “bleak day”.
The shadow chancellor told a room full of activists about the losing result, but admitted that “on balance” he was upbeat after the party announced a slate of policies.
The party’s East of England champion said: “It is a bleak day for me to come to the Eastern region (reception). A bleak bleak day. I sat in my room trying to write a speech, but trying to watch television. But there have been some compensations on this bleak day.”
He hailed pledges by the government to open schools from 8am to 6pm, strengthen the minimum wage and also praised his party’s pledge to abolish the so-called “bedroom tax”.
He said: “It has been my job to find the money to pay for it. That is a compensation (for the Norwich City defeat) - a fabulous start to our campaign.
“As a Norwich fan, on balance I am upbeat.”
For full coverage from the Labour Party conference see tomorrow’s EDP.