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Ed Balls: Tory cuts 'will take Britain back to 17th Century'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has accused the Tories of planning budget cuts which would take Britain "back to the 17th Century".

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Balls: Coalition with SNP is 'last thing' Labour wants

A coalition with the Scottish National Party (SNP) is the "last thing" Labour wants, according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

ITV News' political correspondent Libby Wiener tweeted:

While Mr Balls avoided "categorically" ruling it out, he said the party would not be fighting the election on the basis of forming a coalition.

The SNP have said they don't want a coalition. It's not part of our plans. We don't want one, we don't need one, we're not after one.

No large party in the last 100 years - Labour or Conservative - has ever fought a general election on the basis they wanted a coalition or deal with a small party. It's the last thing we want. What we want is a majority Labour government.

– Ed Balls, shadow chancellor

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