- Published: Monday, 01 October 2012 14:00
- Written by Jonathan Walker
Valiant Ed Balls leapt to the defence of Meriden MP Caroline Spelman (Con), after she was sacked from David Cameron's cabinet - and apparently told she was too old.
Downing Street has denied reports Mrs Spelman, aged 54, was told she was losing her job as Environment Secretary because of her age. She was replaced by North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, aged 56.
But the report was seized on by Mr Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, who contrasted Mr Cameron's treatment of Mrs Spelman with the Prime Minister's support for Andrew Mitchell, the Shadow Chancellor.