'Supportive' Balls denies friction with Miliband

Ed Bulls said he was happy with his role in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ed Balls also dismissed suggestions that he is a bully in the Sunday Telegraph interview, saying he hoped his shadow cabinet colleagues saw him as "supportive and nurturing".

He denied reported fiction between him and Ed Miliband risked turning into a repeat of the damaging Blair-Brown battles.

"If there were ever any issues, then Ed and I, as we have done for 20 years, we sit down and talk it through, and we work it out," Mr Balls said.

"We don't do it through intermediaries, and we don't do it through the newspapers, and we don't do it through argument or dispute," he added.