04/02/2015 06:58 GMT | Updated 04/02/2015 06:59 GMT

Ed Balls On Newsnight And 6 Other Times Politicians Awkwardly Forgot People's Names

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls (R) and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna attend an address to parliamentarians by the President of Singapore Tony Tan in the Queen's Robing Room in the Palace of Westminster, central London October 21, 2014. The President of Singapore Tony Tan and his wife Mary Chee started a four day state visit to Britain on Tuesday. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS)

Ed Balls ended up derailing Labour's fightback against business critics after he agonisingly failed to name one of the party's biggest business supporters live on TV.

Ed Balls tries to remember who "Bill" is on Newsnight (from 5.53 minutes in)

In the confusion about "well, erm, Bill", Balls admitted that the name of this "big supporter" had "just gone from my head".

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Balls is not alone to suffer an awkward memory lapse on air, as many other politicians - including Labour leader Ed Miliband - have awkwardly forgot people's names when it mattered. Here are just six moments.

6 times politicians forgot things