Ed Balls 'couldn't give a toss' about job speculation

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was criticised in some quarters for his performance in the Commons. Credit: PA Wire

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls claims he "couldn't give a toss" about speculation over his job security.

Balls, who was criticised in some quarters for his speech after the Autumn statement on Thursday, insisted he had "never been less bothered" about "gossip and tittle tattle" about his performance in a 20-year career.

The shadow chancellor said the massed ranks of Tory MPs were always going to try to shout down his message and claimed many people have congratulated him on his performance.