Ed Balls is Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor

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The Lib Dems have instantly attacked the appointment of Ed Balls as Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor (LINK). Come on guys…  show a bit of courtesy and at least congratulate or welcome the appointment. The Lib Dems know no meaning of the word respect. They are quaking in their boots at the prospect of Ed Balls having such a high profile role.

After all, these links show how effective Ed Balls is at providing scrutiny to the Coalition Government.

LINK – Ed Balls highlights hypocrisy from Sarah Teather

LINK- Ed Balls uncovers Sarah Teather’s lies on Building Schools for the Future

I’ve met Ed quite a few times and voted for him as my first preference for the Labour Leadership elections in 2010. I think he will do a splendid job at holding the economic measures from this Coalition Government to account.

I’d like to wish Alan Johnson all the best in dealing with the personal problems that led to his resignation.

Hidden Grant Cuts

When Yvette Cooper said that women would bear the brunt of the cuts, I disagreed and still do. I think that the real losers are children and young people who have been quite frankly targeted by this Coalition Government.

The obvious cuts that reflect this is the Building Schools for the Future cut and the Future Jobs Fund, which was designed to support young people into employment.

However, the most alarming element of the cuts to our schools is in the detail. The small hidden grants. This includes help for things such as teenage pregnancy, advice for children and families, debt advice, all being cut grant by grant as highlighted by Councillor Mary Arnold in the Willesden and Brent Times this week.

Would young people be targeted as much if they were able to vote?

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Teather WRONG that local schools in Brent were “deliberately led up the garden path by Labour”

After her Department stopped the rebuilding programme from the Building Schools for the Future programme, which as part of its roll out included several of our schools in Brent, Sarah Teather was very quick to place the blame on Labour Party and said that we made promises that we could not afford – LINK

This is WRONG! In a letter from the Permanent Secretary in Sarah Teather’s own department, David Bell, written to Labour leadership candidate Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, shows that all spending decisions for when Ed Balls was Secretary of State in the Department for Education Skills and Families were appropriately covered. The letter says that if any actions on this, or any matter were in breach of the requirements of propriety or regularity, the Permanent Secretary would have sought Ministerial Direction and it is confirmed that no such requests were made.

LINK TO ACTUAL LETTER – David-Bell-letter-to-Ed-Balls (courtesy of Left Foot Forward).

Labour Party’s Yvette Cooper claimed that it was women that would bear the brunt of the cuts that we will experience. I think she’s wrong. These cuts are targeted at children who can’t vote and therefore do not have a say or voice in being the victim of Sarah Teather’s Government’s cuts.

Graduate Talent Pool launched to help young people into work

While David Cameron was busy making a Twat of himself ” (Wednesday’s London Paper headline), the Government was working hard to help get young people into work.

The Graduate Talent Pool website will show about 2,000 graduate talent pool logointernships at first with more promised within months.

There will also be work placements for non-graduates – including 10,000 places for 18 to 21-year-olds who have not been to university.

Under the banner of Building Young Britain there is £40m of government funding for a network of mentors and job clubs.

New Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said businesses, councils and charities could bid for a share of £1bn to create 47,000 jobs for young unemployed people.

Take a look at ‘Graduate Talent Pool’ the website to see the oportunities available:

web link: GRADUATE TALENT POOL