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The talk of Westminster this afternoon

Michael Crick | 18:28 UK time, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The talk of Westminster this afternoon was not tomorrow's vote on tuition fees, but the sight of Ed Balls at a children's party dressed as Father Christmas.

"There he was ringing his bell," one Labour MP told me, "it was frightening."

And the children, I'm told, were expecting lots of expensive goodies from Mr Balls.



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