Labour leaders win crucial policy forum vote on spending plans

Ed Balls says vote at end of three-day conference is evidence of support for manifesto based on ‘big reform, not big spending’

An attempt to commit Labour to abandoning coalition spending plans for 2015-16 was heavily defeated on Sunday at the end of a policy conference described as a "radical rethink" of what the party stands for.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, said the vote showed there was widespread support in the party for a manifesto based on "big reform, not big spending" and that members endorsed the tough fiscal position adopted by the leadership.

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