Ed Balls

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Ed Balls

British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood since 2010, and is the current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer add

Category: Politics

Born in 1967.

Countries: United Kingdom (87%), UK (8%), (5%)

Main connections: Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband, Yvette Cooper

Linked to: Morley and Outwood, Labour Party, Co-operative Party, Conservative Party




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Ed Balls was born in 1967 add something


Balls was from 1989 to 1990 a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard University add something


He joined the "Financial Times" in 1990 as a lead economic writer until his appointment as an economic adviser to Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown in 1994 add something


In 1992 he wrote a Fabian pamphlet advocating Bank of England independence, a policy adopted when Gordon Brown became Chancellor in 1997 add something


When Labour won the 1997 general election, Brown became Chancellor and Balls continued to work as an economic adviser to him add something


He married Yvette Cooper MP, who later became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in Eastbourne on 10 January 1998 add something


Yvette Cooper - She married Ed Balls on 10 January 1998 in Eastbourne


While he was chief economic adviser to the Treasury, Balls attended the Bilderberg annual conference of politicians, financiers and businessmen in 2001 and 2003, and returned to the United Kingdom on Conrad Black's private jet on both occasions add something


In July 2004, Balls was selected to stand as Labour and Co-operative candidate for the parliamentary seat of Normanton in West Yorkshire, a Labour stronghold whose MP, Bill O'Brien, was retiring add something


Ed Miliband - Returning to the UK after Christmas, in January 2004, Gordon Brown appointed Miliband as Chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers as a replacement for Ed Balls, with specific responsibility for directing the UK's long-term economic planning


From 2005 to 2010, he was the MP for Normanton and he served as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010 add something


James Naughtie - Shortly before the 2005 General Election he opened a question to Labour politician Ed Balls "If we win the election


Balls was elected Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society for 2006 and Chair of the Fabian Society for 2007 add something


In a "New Statesman" interview in March 2006, Martin Bright writes that Balls "says the use of the term 'socialist' is less of a problem for his generation than it has been for older politicians like Blair and Brown, who remain bruised by the ideological warfare of the 1970s and 1980s" add something


As Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society, he launched the Fabian Life Chances Commission report in April 2006 and opened the Society's Next Decade lecture series in November 2006, arguing for closer European cooperation on the environment add something


Balls became Economic Secretary to the Treasury, a junior ministerial position in HM Treasury, in the government reshuffle of May 2006 add something


When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister on 27 Jun 2007, Balls was promoted to Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families add something


In March 2007 he was selected to be the Labour Party candidate for the new Morley and Outwood constituency, which contains parts of the abolished Normanton and Morley and Rothwell constituencies add something


In September 2007, with his wife Yvette Cooper MP, he was accused by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker of "breaking the spirit of Commons rules" by using MPs' allowances to help pay for a £655,000 home in north London add something


Andrew Gwynne - Between July 2007 and June 2009, he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP. In June 2009 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP.


Michael Gove - On 2 July 2007, he was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families shadowing Ed Balls


In January 2008 they became the first married couple to serve together in a British Cabinet when Cooper became Chief Secretary to the Treasury add something


In June 2008 they were referred to the Standards Commissioner over allegations that they were claiming expenses for what was effectively their main home in London, their combined claim was £24,000 i add something


In October 2008, Balls announced that the government had decided to scrap SATs tests for 14-year-olds, a move which was broadly welcomed by teachers, parent groups and opposition MPs add something


John Bercow - In 2008, John Bercow was asked by Labour Cabinet members Ed Balls and Alan Johnson to produce a substantial review of children and families affected by speech, language and communication needs


MyBnk - In June 2008 CEO Lily Lapenna was awarded the Edge Upstarts Award Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 by Ed Balls, the UK Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families


Balls sponsored the Children, Schools and Families Bill which had its first reading on 19 November 2009 add something


In 2010 Balls was fined £60 and given three points on his licence for talking on his mobile telephone whilst driving add something


In 2010 when after details were reported in the press, Balls commented, "It saved the taxpayer the cost of a plane fare and on both occasions I declared it at the time to the permanent secretary in the normal way add something


Several parts of the bill, including the proposed register for home educators, and compulsory sex education lessons, were abandoned as they had failed to gain cross party support prior to the pending May 2010 election add something


Balls announced, in Nottingham, on 19 May 2010 that he was standing in the election to replace Brown add something


In September 2010, the British Stammering Association announced that Balls had become a patron of the Association add something


New Labour Leader Ed Miliband appointed Balls Shadow Home Secretary on 8 October 2010, a job he held until 20 January 2011, when the resignation of Alan Johnson due to "personal reasons" led Miliband to announce Balls as Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer add something


Ian Austin (politician) - Austin nominated Ed Balls, who came third, for the Labour leadership election of 2010


Morley and Outwood (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Morley and Outwood"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party


Balls revealed in January 2012 that he will continue with the public sector pay freeze which led to opposition from Len McCluskey add something


Andrea Leadsom - In July 2012, during the Libor scandal, she suggested that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, should apologise to Ed Balls for "suggesting he was implicated in rate fixing


British Stammering Association - Commenting on the media coverage of Ed Balls' stumbling over his response in the House of Commons on 5 December 2012 to the Autumn Statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Norbert Lieckfeldt said: "The experience of a lifetime of stammering gives an edge to a personality, something to rub against, and I'd prefer that over smooth glibness any day


On 5th February 2013 MP Ed Balls voted in favour in the House of Commons Second Reading vote on marriage equality in Britain add something


He has admitted speeding in April 2013 and using his mobile phone whilst driving during the 2010 General Election add something


Balls was fined in June 2013 for going through a red light in December 2012 add something


In October 2013 it was reported that Shoesmith had agreed an out-of-court settlement with her former employer Haringey Council; unconfirmed reports referred to a sum of 'up to £600,000' add something


On 5 August 2014 Ed Balls was fined £900 and given 5 penalty points on his driving license for failing to stop after a car "crash" add something


George Osborne - On 10 November 2014 during Urgent Questions in the House regarding the £1,7 billion demand by the EU, Ed Balls asserted that "the British public won't be taken for fools", prompting Osborne to concur, adding


When invited to send something to be auctioned to raise funds for the party in 2015, Balls submitted a framed, signed printout of the tweet add something


On 11 May 2015, it was reported that Balls would receive up to £88,000 as a "golden goodbye" on leaving the Commons add something


On 13 May 2015, allegations surfaced in the press from an ally of Ed Balls that Ed Miliband's Leaders Office had deliberately withheld internal Labour Party poll figures showing that Ed Balls would be likely to face defeat in his constituency seat add something


Balls was appointed a Visiting Professor of King's College, London in October 2015 add something


Balls was appointed as chairman of Norwich City F.C. in December 2015 add something


In December 2015, he was appointed Chairman of Norwich City F.C. add something


Norwich City F.C. - On 27 December 2015, former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was appointed Chairman


In 2016 he took part in the Sport Relief Great British Bake Off add something


In his August 2016 autobiographical memoir "Speaking Out", he said Labour's four week general election campaign was "astonishingly dysfunctional" and "we weren't ready - and didn't deserve - to return to government" add something


In September 2016 Balls was a contestant in the BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing", where he was partnered with Katya Jones, a Russian professional dancer add something


Six years on from the original tweet, Ed Balls Day 2017 drew tweets from organisations including Virgin Atlantic and the National Trust - the latter in response to a tweet parodying Prime Minister Theresa May's berating of the National Trust for omitting the word "Easter" from promotional material for Easter egg hunts add something


He hosted an episode of Have I Got News for You on 26 May 2017 add something


In September 2017, Balls was placed at Number 74 in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left' by commentator Iain Dale add something


On Ed Balls Day 2018, Chelsea Manning imitated Balls' original tweet, by tweeting "chelsea manning" add something


A three-part documentary, "Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls", began broadcasting on BBC Two on 29 July 2018 add something