Balls warns Osborne his takeaway 'isn't marathon fuel'

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has jokingly responded to the photo tweeted by the Chancellor of him eating a takeaway while finishing his speech on spending cuts:

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George, what are you eating? That's not marathon-fuel.. RT @george_osborne Putting final touches to the speech http://t.co/lSlMXSGUwV

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Mr Balls had tried to persuade George Osborne to sign up for a marathon while the pair were both on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday

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