Ed Balls: Tories should back 'compulsory jobs guarantee'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said that the Tories should back Labour's "compulsory jobs guarantee for young people".

In responding to George Osborne’s speech on the economy, he added: "George Osborne is desperate to stop talking about the cost-of-living crisis on his watch."

Ed Balls has criticised the Chancellor. Credit: Melville/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The Tories should back our compulsory jobs guarantee for young people and the long-term unemployed.

"And in tough times it cannot be a priority to continue paying the winter fuel allowance to the richest five per cent of pensioners."

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