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.
Two goals from the Shadow Chancellor and one from the Shadow Health Secretary were enough to see off a toothless Press Lobby XI.
Ed Miliband said Labour would reverse the coalition's cut in the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p "if there was an election tomorrow".
Ed Miliband will use his party conference to attempt to convince voters he could lead Britain out of recession. He has work to do.