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Balls tipped as new Chancellor as Darling’s expenses in spotlight

Chancellor Alistair Darling has been accused of claiming living allowances for his grace-and-favour home in Downing Street while also claiming expenses for a flat he was letting out to tenants.

The Daily Telegraph revelations will likely put pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to remove Darling from his position in an upcoming reshuffle.

The Sunday Times reported that Education Minister Ed Balls was in pole position to take over as Chancellor in a reshuffle it claims will take place on Friday, after the European elections.

A spokesman for Darling denied there had been any wrongdoing.

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