Election 2015

Election 2015: Non-dom #ballsup

Social media swiftly responded to what Twitter users termed #ballsup, with the hashtag being used more 1,500 times between 10:00 BST - after Labour trailed a pledge to scrap the non-domiciled tax status - and the formal announcement at midday.

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Twitter was awash with comments on the discrepancy between this and an interview Ed Balls gave to BBC Leeds in January, during which he said: "If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money..."

The Tories were swift to respond with a poster that quickly went viral.

And the video of the original interview, posted on BBC Radio Leeds's Facebook page at the time, began doing the rounds again, with much comment.

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Media captionLabour would abolish the non-domicile rule but the shadow chancellor previously said this would "end up costing Britain"
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After much debate about the whole affair across social media, Ed Balls himself then weighed in on Twitter offering this explanation for the apparent inconsistency...

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He later issued a statement on his blog in which he accused the Tories of attempting to "deliberately mislead people".

If you want to know more about what non-dom tax status is and Labour's plan to cut it, you can read more here.

Written by Kerry Alexandra