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Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

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The Labour leader today takes the fight to Cameron in a speech focusing on a 'responsible capitalism'

Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper have agreed to 'protect their children'

John Rentoul: No one to replace Ed Miliband? Try Yvette Cooper

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Simon Carr: Our money will be safe by the next parliament – a sort of Neverland for MPs

Sketch: Vince had a look of morose satisfaction, but with George championing it and Balls opposing it, it was no Lib Dem victory
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FSA admits inadequacy in dealing with failing banks

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Ed Balls said in 2006 that nothing should put at risk a light-touch regulatory regime

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Pressure from last government was partly responsible for hands-off approach, review claims

David Cameron, Tony Blair and Ed Balls showing their sensitive sides

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...

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Simon Carr: Is anyone in this House old enough to remember that Napoleon chap?

Events nowadays are very large and our young leaders look like pygmies

John Rentoul: Who will say we're better off out of Europe?

If the single currency survives, it may not be long before a serious politician calls for Britain to leave the EU

The Sketch: High-pitched Cameron flustered by Labour's farmyard noises

Yesterday I worried the Sketch was a bit lofty about the House of Commons' economic debate. The Labour front bench was arguing in sign language, the signs were rude, and the Sketch shuddered, perhaps a little delicately. The signs got ruder yesterday, if Tory reports are true.

The Sketch: You wouldn't want to have this guy's stare fixed on you under a swinging lightbulb

First impressions of the Met's new Commissioner? An athletic, steady-eyed, rough-skinned sort of man. A stranger to exfoliants and facial moisturisers. Lean. Watchful. A discharged soldier who's been sleeping rough would look like Mr Hogan-Howe. He has a fixity of attention that would be unnerving were it applied to oneself under a swinging lightbulb.

Simon Carr: He's betting on tax cuts, but my money is on yet another war

Sketch: Balls is putting all his chips on red and letting the wheel spin. It's not casino banking but casino politics

Diary: A Star turn from Sally

Just on the off chance that some of you might have missed it, newly crowned national treasure Sally Bercow made her much-anticipated debut as a columnist for the Daily Star Sunday yesterday.

Ed Balls fears Alistair Darling memoirs damage

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has acknowledged that Alistair Darling's memoir of life in 11 Downing Street has handed the Conservatives an opportunity to divert attention from the economic difficulties facing the UK.

Alistair Darling to expose 'volcanic' Gordon Brown

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling will lift the lid on Gordon Brown's increasingly "brutal and volcanic" demeanour when his memoirs are published next week, according to a Labour-supporting blog.

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