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Liam Byrne on Ed Balls leaks to 'oust' Tony Blair

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said it was was an "honourable ambition" to want to lead the Labour party as a newspaper prints allegations of Ed Balls's involvement in the transition of power from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown.

He said Tony Blair had already decided to step down when the documents were apparently written after the 2005 election, and that voters were more interested in the future than the past.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has hit back over leaked memos detailing plans to have Gordon Brown succeed Tony Blair as prime minister from 2005.

Mr Balls said it was "not true" to say he and Mr Brown plotted to oust the PM.

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