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 Share this:Email
- 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 [...]
- Economic Growth (15 May 2013)Edward Balls: Will the Chancellor give way?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (14 May 2013)Edward Balls: This is now the slowest economic recovery for 100 years, and the International Monetary Fund is in town and openly questioning the Treasury’s economic plan. May I remind the Chief Secretary of what he said in October 2009? He does not need to worry, as this is not the one where he reconfirmed the Liberal Democrat commitment to an EU referendum; it is a different article. He said:...
- Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (21 Mar 2013)Edward Balls: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2013)Edward Balls: The Chancellor has had plenty of advice over the weekend on how to change his failing economic plan, and it has not all come from me. The former Defence Secretary says that he should cut capital gains tax, the Business Secretary wants a £15 billion housing boost, and even the Home Secretary is making speeches calling for a new growth plan. What is going on? Do Cabinet Ministers not...
- Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill (11 Mar 2013)Edward Balls: Will the Minister give way?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Feb 2013)Edward Balls: Shameful.
- Written Answers — Health: Heart Diseases (27 Feb 2013)Edward Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish or place in the Library the self-assessment reports, attachments and appendices that were submitted in spring 2010 to the National Specialised Commissioning Team by the 11 hospital trusts that wished to be considered as future providers of children's cardiac surgery; which such documents were considered by the Independent...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Economic Policy (25 Feb 2013)Edward Balls: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK Government’s economic policy following the loss of Britain’s triple A credit rating.
- CCTV: European Council (11 Feb 2013)Edward Balls: Hear, hear.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2013)Edward Balls: May I start by welcoming the Chancellor back from his winter mini-break in Davos? I do not know whether he got any skiing in, although he and his chums certainly went out on the piste. Back to Britain: in August 2010, the Chancellor also made a speech at Bloomberg, in which he claimed that his economic plan would secure the recovery. A few weeks later, his spending review said that by now we...
Labour’s five steps to tackle tax avoidance – my New Statesman article with Catherine McKinnell MP (19 May 2013)
Labour’s five steps to tackle tax avoidance In tough times it’s more important than ever that everyone plays their part and pays their fair share of tax. People and businesses who pay their fair share have been shocked by how little tax some companies seem to pay in Britain. Sometimes there are good reasons why, such as [...]
Save our Surgery Outwood coffee morning (15 May 2013)
The campaign to save the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit continues. Last weekend I joined Hazel and her team for a great coffee morning event to raise funds for the Save our Surgery campaign.
Concern in Wrenthorpe over childcare changes (13 May 2013)
On Friday I joined the Director of the Pre School Learning Alliance and staff and parents at Wrenthorpe Pre-School to hear their concerns about the Government's proposed changes to childcare ratios for the under 5s.
The Queen’s Speech ducks the long-term economic challenges – my Independent on Sunday article (12 May 2013)
A flatlining economy, falling living standards, declining business investment and almost a million young people out of work. With this backdrop, Britain deserved a Queen’s Speech focused on growth and jobs. But the Government has no answers and nothing to offer. First, on our long-term infrastructure, not only has the Government invested [...]
Interview on Sky News’ Murnaghan programme (12 May 2013)
DERMOT MURNAGHAN: Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech was criticised for being too thin so what was missing? Well a long term plan for jobs and growth according to Labour. In a moment I’ll speak to the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, about all that… So we’ll say a very good morning then to the Shadow Chancellor, Mr Balls [...]
Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express (10 May 2013)
“There needs to be a more help for people like us who’ve worked hard and done our bit.” That’s what one pensioner in Outwood told me last week. I was out with local Councillors and campaigners to promote Community Energy Switch - which could save households money on their fuel bills. The switch is a co-operative initiative, backed by our West Yorkshire Councils. The plan is to get local residents to sign up and then negotiate a better deal for customers from the energy companies. Already thousands have joined in the first wave – and all those who’ve signed up are now being told how much they could save. They’ll be new opportunities for other households to sign up and save later in the year too. I will keep you in touch.