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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

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Ed Balls: Labour can't promise to reverse spending cuts

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls tells Political Editor Jonathan Walker that Labour is in no position to promise a reverse to current spending cuts.

Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls has backed a scheme piloted in Birmingham to divert billions of pounds away from Whitehall and into regions.

But he warned that councils reeling from public spending cuts should not assume a Labour government will bail them out.

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Labour is making no spending commitments because it cannot predict what the economy or the nation’s finances will look like when the next election takes place, he said.

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More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Is capitalism guilty in food scare?

The discovery that horsemeat has been found in beefburgers and ready meals has provoked a lot of anger and also a lot of dodgy jokes.

One of my favourites is the suggestion that fish fingers might be contaminated - with sea horses.

Food manufacturer Findus, which has admitted its beef...

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The Government does have predictions for immigration from Bulgaria and Romania but thinks it may be in the public interest to keep them secret

The Government does have estimates for the number of workers from Romania and Bulgaria who could come to the UK once restrictions are lifted - but it is currently refusing to tell the rest of us while it decides whether revealing the figures would be in the public interest.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the information exists.

But responding to a Freedom of Information request asking for the numbers, an official said: "Your request . . . raises complex public interest considerations which must be analysed before we can come to a decision" on whether to release the numbers.

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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