Balls-Nash tie-up

EDUCATION Secretary Ed Balls was treated to a school tie when he visited the Pimlico Academy in Westminster last week. Not sure if you have to declare receiving presents of that size, but if you do the name of the man who thrust it into his hands will appear on his gifts registry: John Nash, the school’s sponsor. Recent national newspaper coverage suggests Nash is more likely to wear a blue tie than a red one, with his wife reportedly handing a £21,000 donation to Andrew Lansley’s front bench health team. Journalist Jamie Welham has the scoop.

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