Since we are reliably informed that Ed Balls knew Geoffrey Robinson was going to go public with this endorsement, I think it’s reasonable to assume that Ed (Balls) agrees with Geoffrey. In other words, supporters of Ed Balls should put David Miliband as their second choice.
As ballot papers go out to Labour Party members today, it’s becoming ever clearer that second preferences will count. So, if you are one of those who absolutely must vote for Balls as number one, please do follow his wishes and put David Miliband as two.
Geoffrey Robinson also makes a strong pitch for Ed Balls to be Shadow Chancellor.
There is no doubt that Ed Balls is head and shoulders above any other possibility for this key role, so important in shaping future Labour policy and leading us to general election victory. It was, after all, Ed Balls who devised the five tests for joining the Euro, for which he must be given credit, even though I personally was disappointed that the five tests kept Britain out of the Euro in the early years of Tony Blair’s government.
I met all the Leadership candidates on separate occasions when they came to talk to the EPLP during what has proved to be a very lengthy campaign . Ed Balls demonstrated a strong intelligence and unrivalled grasp of economics, pointing to the obvious conclusion that he is the ideal person to be Shadow Chancellor. Even his legendary toughness would, I believe, be an asset in the job.