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A KEY Gordon Brown ally has conceded the Government had "made some mistakes" as the Prime Minister put the finishing touches to his first Queen's Speech.

But amid pressure on Mr Brown to clearly set out his "vision" to counter a Conservative poll resurgence, Cabinet Minister Ed Balls insisted Labour was "fundamentally united".

Tuesday's formal announcement of the Government's legislative programme will be a key moment for the PM as he attempts to regain ground lost over his decision not to call an early election.

Mr Balls, the Schools Secretary and former right-hand man to Mr Brown at the Treasury, said it had been a turbulent few weeks for the party. "Five weeks ago we were riding high - with many people saying it was the most united and optimistic Conference they could remember," he told the new Labour Progress.

"Since then it's been a bit up and down. And we have made some mistakes. While there are of course debates on difficult issues, our party is fundamentally united - we are not ideologically divided."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2007
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