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Balls to the Economy

Ed Balls is now Shadow Chancellor in a move which will delight most of the Left and considerably improve Labour’s performance, whatever the “personal reasons” for Alan Johnson’s departure. Moving Yvette Cooper to Home affairs and Douglas Alexander to Foreign Affairs minimises disruption of the Shadow Cabinet. It is interesting that whilst Brown himself failed to make a success of the Labour leadership, his team now occupies all the top slots, albeit having been in three different camps in the leadership contest. Liam Byrne has done well to retain his policy review role as well as leading opposition to IDS’s review of welfare — which might cause the left some concern.

So what of the residual Blairites? They will not be happy. But Ed made the gesture to them and it didn’t work out. It’s hard for them to complain.

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