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 (28 Jan 2014)Edward Balls: After three damaging years of flatlining in our economy-[Interruption.]
- 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-
Are you better off now than in 2010? My pre-Budget article in the Evening Standard (11 Mar 2014)
With just a week until the Budget, the stakes are high for Chancellor George Osborne. This is his last chance to make decisions that will directly affect people before polling day.
Devastating news about Kodak jobs (4 Mar 2014)
Below is my statement following the devastating news of job losses at the Kodak factory in Morley: This is devastating news for all 210 staff at the Kodak factory in Morley. Kodak have a long and proud history of manufacturing in the town and I’m very concerned that an efficient and profitable operation is being closed.
Running Wakefield Hospice 10km (27 Feb 2014)
On Sunday 6 April Team Ed Balls will be running the Wakefield Hospice 10K Road Race.
Backing our fabulous Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb (27 Feb 2014)
The small triangle between Leeds and Wakefield is the rhubarb capital of Europe. And many of the 12 remaining growers are in my constituency. So on Friday I called in at Lawns Lane Farm in Carr Gate to pick and pack some of their fabulous rhubarb. It’s always a magical sensation when you step into the candle lit rhubarb sheds and we stepped carefully to avoid breaking any precious stems. With armfuls of rhubarb we then headed to the packing room to get it ready for the delivery lorry. Overnight, our Yorkshire forced rhubarb was set to be delivered to London where it has pride of place at Covent Garden market.
My column in the Morley Observer & Advertiser (26 Feb 2014)
Despite having passed the pink doors of Hairoom on Troy Road hundreds of times, it’s fair to say I was surprised to be greeted by dozens of smiling mannequin heads when I stepped inside. Andrea’s Hairoom helps people suffering from a range of illnesses involving hair loss. It’s incredible how changing a person’s hair can have such a big impact – but as Andrea’s customers told me, it’s such a visible thing and so important for them to feel normal again.
Visit to Andrea’s Hairoom in Morley (22 Feb 2014)
I must have passed the pink doors of Andrea’s Hairoom thousands of times over the last few years. And on Tuesday I got the chance to see what goes on inside. It was not what I was expecting.