Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has hit back at Ed Balls after the shadow chancellor suggested he had fallen asleep during today's Budget speech.
Mr Balls had told a briefing of lobby journalists:
"Eric Pickles fell asleep for a quite extended period of time and Ed [Miliband] and I were worried because, you never know, there might have been some big cut in local government spending coming which he didn't know about so we just politely suggested to Vince Cable that he should wake him up."
In a Twitter reply to the Daily Mail's Tim Shipman, Mr Pickles witheringly dismissed Mr Balls' claims.
Ed Balls has revealed the Labour front bench spent much of the Budget speech urging Vince Cable to wake up Eric Pickles.
@shippersunbound my dear chum Shippers wide awake although sleep would have been a blessed release from Lab lacklustre response
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