Ed Balls

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(politician)
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Born Edward Michael Balls
25 February 1967
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Keble College (Oxford), Harvard University
Religion Anglicanism
Children 3
Spouse Yvette Cooper
Party Labour Co-operative

Employment.png Shadow Home Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 October 2010 - 20 January 2011
Succeeded by Yvette Cooper

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Education Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 May 2010 - 8 October 2010
Succeeded by Andy Burnham

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In office
6 May 2006 - 28 June 2007

Ed Balls is a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Morley and Outwood and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer until the May 2015 General Election when he was defeated by the Conservative candidate Andrea Jenkyns.[1][2]

Married to Blairite Labour MP Yvette Cooper, Ed Balls was initially rumoured to be seeking another seat that would enable him to return to Parliament. Later in 2015, he supported his wife's unsuccessful bid to become Leader of the Labour Party.[3]

In the 2016 leadership campaign, Ed Balls declared his support for former political lobbyist for Pfizer, Owen Smith, against the "leftist utopian fantasy" of Jeremy Corbyn.[4]

Tripping the "leftist utopian fantasy"

"More chance of being the next Prime Minister than he has of winning Strictly"

In September 2016, Ed Balls joined the new series of Strictly Come Dancing partnered with Russian professional dancer Katya Jones.[5] This prompted Tony Parsons in The Sun to wager:

"Ed Balls, 50 next birthday, has more chance of being the next Prime Minister than he has of winning Strictly.
"But I wish him well because Ed carries the hopes of all us dad dancers, all the half-cut geezers who ever took to a dance floor with wedding cake smeared down their shirt, all the disco dancing fools who ever practised Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk with just their bedroom mirror for a partner.
"We can dream of dancing on Strictly. And leave Ed to live the nightmare."[6]

In October 2016, Ed Balls had reportedly foxtrotted onto the short list of Labour candidates who were competing to stand at the 2016 Richmond Park by-election, caused by the resignation of Tory Zac Goldsmith.[7] On 5 November 2016 journalist, author, and railway historian Christian Wolmar was formally selected as the Labour candidate.[8]

Bilderberg

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. In 2010 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."[9][10]

Highballs

Ed Balls is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and a Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King's College London. He was appointed chairman of Norwich City F.C. in December 2015.[11]

 

Events Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Bilderberg/200124 May 2001 - 27 May 2001Stenungsund
Sweden
Bilderberg/200230 May 2002 - 2 June 2002Westfields Marriott
Chantilly
Virginia
US
Bilderberg/200315 May 2003 - 18 May 2003Versailles
France
Bilderberg/20068 June 2006 - 11 June 2006Ottawa
Canada
Bilderberg/200731 May 2007 - 3 June 2007Istanbul
Turkey
Bilderberg/20136 June 2013 - 9 June 2013Watford
UK
Bilderberg/201429 May 2014 - 1 June 2014Copenhagen
Denmark
Mariott Hotel
Bilderberg/201511 June 2015 - 14 June 2015Telfs-Buchen
Austria


References