Ed Balls sponsored by Chancellor for London Marathon

Ed Balls MP finishes the Virgin London Marathon in London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls revealed he had an unlikely sponsor for his London Marathon effort - political rival George Osborne.

The Chancellor donated £25 to each of Mr Ball's chosen charities, Action for Stammering Children and Whizz-Kidz.

Mr Balls, who finished the race in five hours and 14 minutes, told Sky News: "The good thing is George Osborne, the Chancellor, who I have often disagreed with on many things, he sponsored me for my run today so thanks George for that."

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