Ed Balls is the Labour & Co-operative MP for Morley and Outwood and Shadow Chancellor.
He was previously MP for Normanton (2005-2010) and Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary (2010-11), Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007-2010) and Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2006-2007).
Ed is proud to be a member of Unite, Unison and the Co-operative Party. Born in Norwich in 1967, his family moved to Nottingham when Ed was 8. He attended Crossdale Drive primary school and then Nottingham High School. Ed went on to study at Keble College, Oxford, and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Ed has been a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard (1989-90) and a columnist for the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman and Tribune. Ed is married to Yvette Cooper MP. They have three children – Ellie, Joe and Maddy – and live in Castleford. His interests include music, cooking and playing football with his children.
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- Co-operative Party Gala Dinner 2013 with Ed Balls MP (8 May 2013)Event registration for Co-operative Party Gala Dinner 2013 powered by Eventbrite
- Credit union reform initiated by Ed Balls finally passed (8 Nov 2011)Today Parliament finally approved changes to legislation which will free up credit unions to reach many more members, including community groups and businesses. A Legislative Reform Order, which makes changes to the Credit Unions Act 1979, has been approved by Parliament and new rules that enable credit unions to compete more effectively with banks and […]
- Twigg to Education, Thomas now Shadow Minister for Co-ops (10 Oct 2011)Several Co-operative MPs, including some elected to Parliament in 2010, have featured prominently in Ed Miliband’s reshuffle of the shadow frontbench team over the weekend. Joining Ed Balls MP and Lord Steve Bassam in Shadow Cabinet will be Stephen Twigg, Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool West Derby since 2010 and now Shadow Education Secretary. […]
- The co-operative week in Westminster (16 Sep 2011)Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune rounds up the latest from Parliament with the work of Co-operative Parliamentarians. This regular column will briefly round up some of the important or noteworthy pieces of Parliamentary activity and business for co-operators each week. It will highlight the work being done by Co-operative Party MPs and co-operators in Westminster. Of […]
- After long delay, credit union reform finally given time by Coalition (26 Jul 2011)A long-awaited Legislative Reform Order to modernise credit union law has finally been laid by the Conservative-led Government after a delay of more than a year since the general election. The Order – a piece of legislation that does not have to go through the full Parliamentary process – will also allow credit unions to […]
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (10 Dec 2013)Edward Balls: On Thursday the Chancellor claimed in this House that living standards are rising, on Friday the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that living standards are falling, so who is right?
- Business of the House: Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2013)Edward Balls: The whole country will have seen today that for all his boasts and all his breathtaking complacency-[Interruption.]
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fuel Duty (5 Nov 2013)Edward Balls: How?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (5 Nov 2013)Edward Balls: I welcome the Economic Secretary and the shadow Financial Secretary to their new jobs, and let us not forget the former Treasury Whip, the Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household, the hon. Member for Chelsea and Fulham (Greg Hands), who has finally got the promotion we have been urging him to get for three years. Under this Chancellor’s watch, the UK is experiencing the slowest...
- Points of Order (9 Oct 2013)Edward Balls: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I just go back to the Prime Minister’s answer to the Leader of the Opposition on the marriage tax break? When asked whether it was true that a third of married couples would benefit, the Prime Minister said that all married couples who are basic rate taxpayers would benefit. Would he like to correct the record, because that is just not true?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2013)Edward Balls: On growth, on living standards, on the deficit, on every test that the Chancellor set himself, his economic plan has failed. Since 2010, growth has been not 6.9% but 1.8%, families have been worse off not better off, and the deficit has not gone down to £60 billion but is stuck at £120 billion. How on earth can the Chancellor now claim that his economic plan has worked? After three...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Investing in Britain’s Future (27 Jun 2013)Edward Balls: Is he the best ever?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Spending Review (26 Jun 2013)Edward Balls: The Chancellor spoke for more than 50 minutes, but not once did he mention the real reason for today’s spending review: his comprehensive failure on living standards, growth and the deficit. We have seen prices rising faster than wages, families worse off, long-term unemployment up, welfare spending soaring, a flatlining economy, and the slowest recovery for more than 100 years. As a...
- Points of Order (25 Jun 2013)Edward Balls: rose-
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2013)Edward Balls: The whole House will have heard the Chancellor not answer the topical question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk). The reason is that, despite all the Budget speech bluster, borrowing last year went not down, but up. Let me ask the Chancellor another question. The bonuses paid in the financial services sector this April, the first month of the new tax year, were...
Backing Small Business Saturday (7 Dec 2013)
Small independent businesses make an enormous contribution to our local economy. I celebrated the they make in Morley for Small Business Saturday. From Beadelicious and Hunt's flower shop to our fabulous Morley Market, with Christmas around the corner, local shoppers can add their support local retailers by buying things locally.
My response to the Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2013)
The whole country will have seen today that, for most people in our country, living standards are not rising, they are falling year on year.
Ed’s Sunday Mirror article ahead of the Autumn Statement (1 Dec 2013)
From the man who gave us the ‘Omnishambles’ Budget, we’re now getting Omnishambles 2. After last year’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne was forced into chaotic U-turns on the pasty tax, the caravan tax and the charities tax. This time the U-turns have started before he’s even made his speech. With four days until the Autumn Statement, we’ve [...]
Transcript of Ed’s interview on The Andrew Marr Show (1 Dec 2013)
ANDREW MARR: If it’s the job of an opposition spokesman to get under the skin of the Government, Ed Balls is an all time gold winning champion. He drives them nuts. It’s partly the relentless mockery about the lack of a recovery, but now one’s here, he’s promising a new long-term Labour plan. Ed Balls, welcome. ED [...]
Morley Observer Column (27 Nov 2013)
I’m not sure what Year 11 Student Sarah Collis thought she was letting herself in for on Friday but she certainly had a whirlwind of a time. I take part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover day every year. It’s a chance to offer a young person from the constituency the opportunity to walk in my shoes [...]
Blog by Sarah Collis, Year 11 Student at Bruntcliffe School (25 Nov 2013)
On Friday 22nd November I was given the opportunity to spend the day with Ed Balls as a part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day. I was able to experience what a day in the life of Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor and MP of Morley and Outwood was like.