11/12/2013 08:12 GMT | Updated 11/12/2013 08:23 GMT

PMQs: Ed Balls 'Can Dish It Out But Can't Take It', Says David Cameron


The David Cameron versus Ed Balls prime minister's questions feud continued today, with Cameron gleefully seizing on the shadow chancellor's car-crash Commons performance last week.

On thursday a red-faced Balls was shouted down by rowdy Tory MPs as he tried to respond to George Osborne's Autumn Statement. It was not his finest hour. And Cameron took great pleasure in reminding him of it today.

The prime minister told MPs that Labour had a "new duo" in charge. "Red Ed and redder Ed."

Balls, who spends most of of PMQs heckling Cameron in order to goad him into a reaction, had recovered from last week and spent a lot of time today shouting and pointing down at the floor to indicate a fall in living standards.

"He's at it again, heckling again," Cameron interrupted his own answer to hit back."We learned something, he can dish it out, but he can't take it. I tell you what’s going down, his career, that’s what's going down."

Miliband appeared to enjoy that joke more than Balls may have liked. Asked on Sunday whether he was bothered about talk that he should be replaced as shadow chancellor by another Labour figure, Balls told Sky News: "I couldn’t give a toss."

Ed Miliband laughs at David Cameron's jokes about Ed Balls