At 'astonishing' press briefing Ed Balls said Miliband ditched Budget speech based on errant tweets from journalists, report

The Daily Mail today described an “astonishing” post-Budget briefing for journalists by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

While a “stony-faced Miliband aide looked on” Balls reportedly related how Miliband had to ditch much of a prepared speech after being led up the garden path by some advance tweets from journalists.

He reportedly said that Miliband “had read an excellent tweet” by one journalist that suggested Mr Osborne would link welfare cuts to the personal allowance".

“And he said BBC economics editor Robert Peston had made people think something might have been going to happen on [taxes for those on] lower and middle incomes".

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