Shadow chancellor puts his hand in his pocket

Published: 29 Mar 2012 17:306 comments

IN these austere times you would have expected shadow chancellor Ed Balls to tighten his belt when he visited Reading today.

Hot off the press: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls flicks through the Chronicle with  Park Ward Labour candidate Rachael Chrisp.

Hot off the press: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls flicks through the Chronicle with Park Ward Labour candidate Rachael Chrisp.

But the senior Labour politician splashed out 60p - soon to be the price of a solitary first class stamp - and bought a copy of the Chronicle from the Earley Express Premier newsagents in Wokingham Road, east Reading.

Mr Balls, who cheerfully chatted with staff and customers, made the surprise visit to the store during his visit to nearby Alfred Sutton Primary school to discuss with parents picking up their children there how the Westminster Coalition Government's cuts are squeezing family budgets.

One breaking news story which immediately caught his eye was our front page article headlined "Tory sues his party leaders" about Peppard ward councillor Jamie Chowdhary's shock decision to take legal action against the Conservatives.

Mr Balls joked: "What's going on with these Tories?"

For more see next week's Reading Midweek and Reading Chronicle.

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  • Kenneth Dope
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    Mar 29, 17:53
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    "What's going on with these Tories?"

    Oh I don't know Ed, probably trying to clean up the economic mess Labour left the UK in. As opposed to pointless PR stunts in a newsagents. Rather than browsing a future chip wrapper and picking up 20 B&H why not have a photo shoot holding a baby; far less clich├ęd than pretending to be "one of the people"...

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  • BarbaraC
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    Mar 29, 18:15
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    Urgh this man makes me sick! If I knew he was in Reading I'd have given him a piece of my mind - the blinking hypocrite!

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  • Automatic
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    Mar 30, 09:38
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    Nice to see Labour resorting to Rosette bra's; now that is desperation...

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  • oldshepherd
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    Mar 30, 11:36
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    I wonder if Balls explained why the last labour government bequethed the worst defecit in our history and the consequent programme of cuts that will last for years?

    Bet he did not.

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  • Kat5
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    Mar 30, 21:21
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    "Mr Balls, who cheerfully chatted with staff and customers" More like Mr Balls harassed some young boys while they were buying some crisps and took up the whole of the newsagents with his photographers, then going on to block the pavement outside the primary school.

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  • DPDance
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    Apr 1, 17:03
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    I expect that he will claim in on expenses

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