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Being Gordon's right hand man isn't my problem.

Some Conservatives and Liberal Democrats argue that Ed Balls is a liability to his party, because he reminds voters of Gordon Brown's Government.

But Mr Balls spoke out against those who suggest that because of this he lacks credibility.

"That is what the Tories are desperate to achieve but I don't think they are going to succeed in that.

"The problem I actually have, when we have done our testing on these things, is more people think I'm the Chancellor than George Osborne. Because they see me a bit more on TV. He's such a submarine.

"Because they see me more often, they think I'm the Chancellor. I'm really worried they might think I might embody flatlining. My biggest risk is that they'll think I'm the person taking the economy back into double dip recession. More people think I'm the Chancellor than George Osborne. I'm really worried '' they might "The reality is the Tories want to fight the election about the past, because they are very worried now about the present, the future.

think I might embody flatlining "That wasn't the original plan. The reason they are ramping up the decibels to get to Ed [Miliband] and me in the last six months is because the economy has gone back into double dip recession."

So will he be the Chancellor in a Labour Government after the next election? "That is absolutely a question for the leader of the Labour Party, not for me.

"And as he said, for us to get into speculation about what we would do once we have one an election smacks of an arrogance and complacency we are not going to get into.

"But we are working really closely together."

More people think I'm the Chancellor than George Osborne. I'm '' really worried they might think I might embody flatlining

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