‘Deflecting the question!’ Ed Balls shut down by Loose Women on future return to politics

Loose Women: Ed Balls quizzed on return to politics

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Loose Women Katie Piper, Judi Love, Ruth Langsford and Jane Moore were joined by former Labour shadow chancellor and MP Ed Balls. Straight from his presenting stint on Good Morning Britain, Ed joined the ladies to speak on the current care crisis and to promote his new documentary Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls. As the interview concluded, Jane asked whether he would be re-joining the world of politics.

As the discussion over the care crisis ended, Jane asked: “Ed, you’ve only got 30 seconds to answer this but as one sure-fire way to make things better for people, and that’s to go back into politics.

“Do it from the inside, are you going to come back, I think the labour party could do with your help at the moment.”

Ed laughed and revealed: “I’m not sure if you, I mean look at the things I’ve done in the last few years.

“From wrestling to tasering to Gangnam style, I’m not sure this is necessarily the right way to go back into politics.”

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In his new documentary, Ed Balls sets off to find out what life is really like on the front line for those who work in elderly social care and the people they serve.

For many years his mum has suffered from dementia and has been in a care home for the last three years.

Ed has opened up in the past about the guilt he felt while working in Government and failing to tackle the care sector crisis, which is why the documentary is so personal for him.

The Government have promised to raise money for health and social care through a National Insurance rise, but Ed wants to find out from the people who do the job day in day out what they think needs to change.

Speaking to the Loose Women about an experience he had with a couple called Derek and Margaret, Ed explained: “I arrived at seven in the morning.

“Margaret and he were in bed, I was with them until they went to bed at seven at night; he does that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“Unpaid carer and the dedication and the pressure and the stress of what he puts up with it was humbling and exhausting.

“I was drained by what he does, and that is being done by huge numbers of people across the country.

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“We don’t really even talk about it, let alone value properly what they do, it’s astonishing what Derek does for Margaret.”

Katie then asked: “Ed, you talk there about care workers being treated like unskilled workers and actually, it takes a lot of compassion and skill.

“It’s a lot of responsibility involved in that role, and it does feel that morale is at an all-time low, one of the wonderful things about the last 18 months is we are appreciating our NHS workers.

“It feels like care workers have been completely forgotten from that scheme, and they have just once again fallen off the radar, why is this?”

Ed explained: “I think that’s right the really upsetting thing for me actually while I was with the care workers, you saw Alison at the beginning of the programme.

“She said to me when people were clapping for the NHS workers they weren’t clapping for us, and I thought we were clapping for Alison and the care workers, but she didn’t feel that.

“What she felt walking through the streets of Scarborough was that people were blaming them, what happened was the NHS had to clear empty beds.

“For them to think we weren’t clapping for them is tragic, and it’s terrible, and we need to do better by that army of carers because so many of us are going to need them in the future.”

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12:30pm on ITV. 
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