He will say more tomorrow when he is is due before the Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee. Yes: tomorrow. 22 April. Day of the Budget. A very good day to bury bad news and a good day for Barry Sheerman, chair of the committee, to have the famously angry Dr Boston to sound off. So Balls will have a very bad news cycle tomorrow – for about three hours. But we will be following it here at Coffee House. If Balls misled parliament then you know the rules – he has to correct the record. Let’s see how it all plays out.“
“This flawed evidence has been used to portray me as complacent, disengaged and constantly beleaguered by ministers with questions which I was unable to answer ... Although this is far from the truth, it was not corrected by ministers or officials at draft report stage. And it has been used by ministers to my serious disadvantage.”
UPDATE: Team Balls gets in touch to say that they are making public new information. On 9 Feb, Jim Knight 'fessed up to having "inadvertently conflated two separate meetings," and wrote a letter to Lord Sutherland saying as much. But how much does that affect Dr Boston's wider complaints? We'll see when the Select Committee meets today.