Balls boosted by author's £100k donation

Ken Follett boosted Ed Balls' campaign with a £100k donation
Ken Follett boosted Ed Balls' campaign with a £100k donation

By politics.co.uk staff

Ed Balls' bid for the Labour leadership has received a £100,000 donation from author Ken Follett, potentially reshaping the race to become leader of the opposition.

The shadow education secretary's six-figure donation was the largest single donation in the latest round of declarations.

Mr Follett contributed the bulk of the £103,000 raised by Mr Balls in July. He is the husband of former Labour MP Barbara Follett.


Meanwhile Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher donated £10,000 to Andy Burnham's campaign - despite the fact the shadow health secretary supports Everton.

The defender said he appreciated Mr Burnham's support for his charity and that it would be good to have a Labour leader from his "neck of the woods".

Frontrunner David Miliband declared a total of £138,835 by the end of the July, with £32,218 in 'small donations' of less than £1,500.

His brother Ed Miliband's donations reached £46,450 last month, the BBC reported. Mr Miliband's campaign said he had received an additional £58,000 in small donations, averaging £85.

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