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Is Ed Balls running away from a Chancellor debate?

April 1, 2015 4:01 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Reacting to news that Ed Balls appears to be refusing to take part in a three way Chancellor debate, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

"This is classic Ed Balls. He's always keen to rush to TV and radio studios to run down the achievements of the last 5 years, but now he runs from the debates.

"The time for bluff and bluster is over. He should man up, turn up and speak up. What is he frightened of?

"I stand ready to explain my role in rescuing the British economy and explaining the Lib Dem vision for the future - how we would borrow less than Labour, cut less than the Tories and keep the British economy on the right track.

"Maybe Mr Balls doesn't want to defend his party's record in the last Parliament. Or could it be that he knows he has nothing credible to offer for the future?

"But this is a democracy and voters have a right to see and hear the views of those who may shape economic policy at this critical time for our country."