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Balls message of hope to stammerers
Yesterday, 03:05 pm
Labour leadership hopeful Ed Balls has encouraged stammerers not to let their problem stand in the way of a fulfilling career.
Mr Balls took time out from the leadership campaign to tell an open day of the British Stammering Association in London about his own experience of overcoming the affliction to become a prominent politician who regularly speaks in public.
As Children, Schools and Families Secretary, Mr Balls committed Government money towards an appeal - whose patron is the Prince of Wales - to open a northern centre for stammering children in the Leeds/Bradford area.
He said the new coalition Government had confirmed the spending and he was "very keen to keep the momentum up to ensure that we get that centre".
The shadow education secretary said: "I've always had a stammer and it's something that never goes away, you have to deal with it.
"But my message is that you can be a top comedian or a novelist or a politician making speeches all the time with a stammer, as long as you get the right support.
"It's important to talk about it and to be relaxed and calm about what you are. If you deal with it and are open about it, it doesn't get in the way of working as a politician at all.
"If by talking about it I can help other people - children and adults as well - to deal with it, then that is a good thing. That's why I'm very pleased to be a patron of the BSA."