Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Labour conference: Ed Balls to ask OBR to audit Labour spending plans

The cost of living may well appear to be a rich seam for the Labour party to mine, but it isn’t entirely risk-free. As shadow ministers talk about Expensive Things in their speeches and fringe discussions this week in Brighton, they will be aware that voters might sympathise with their theme without fully trusting that their party can fix the problem.

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