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Balls joins Labour leadership race


Former children's secretary Ed Balls has declared that he is standing in the Labour leadership contest, saying the party needed to listen to the public.

Mr Balls visited Labour supporters at a Sure Start centre in Netherfield, Nottingham, to launch his campaign to become the party's next leader.

Mr Balls - long regarded as Gordon Brown's closest lieutenant in the Cabinet - is being supported by former schools minister Vernon Coaker.

Mr Coaker, the MP for Gedling in Nottinghamshire, worked under Mr Balls, 43, in the final months of Labour's Government.

He joins left-winger John McDonnell and brothers David and Ed Miliband - the former foreign and energy secretaries - in the race for the Labour crown.

Mr Balls said: "It's really important that we don't just talk to ourselves. We have got to hear what the public have got to say.

"We have to listen first and hear what the public have to say. It's important that we are a campaigning party but also a listening party."


This Is Wiltshire: Ed Balls has joined the race for the Labour leadership This Is Wiltshire: John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, is to run for Labour leader This Is Wiltshire: David and Ed Miliband will be contenders in the race to be Labour's leader This Is Wiltshire: Ed Balls has joined the race for the Labour leadership

Ed Balls has joined the race for the Labour leadership

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, is to run for Labour leader

David and Ed Miliband will be contenders in the race to be Labour's leader

Ed Balls has joined the race for the Labour leadership








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