Ed Balls reveals pressure of living with a stammer

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has spoken in detail about how he copes with a stammer.

He told Daybreak he only realised he suffered from the speech impediment when he became a Cabinet minister, and admitted there were a number of occasions he found it upsetting, particularly during heated Westminster debates.

Mr Balls was promoting a new initiative launched by the British Stammering Association to encourage those who suffer from a stammer to talk openly about it and to encourage employers make sure they look beyond the stammer during an interview.

Today is International Stammering Awareness Day. Around 1% of the population lives with a stammer, with men are four times more likely to be afflicted than women, according to the NHS.