'THE CROWD IS IN LOVE WITH ED BALLS'
- The Guardian
‘ED WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT AND MET WITH FOOT-STOMPING AND THUNDEROUS APPLAUSe' - The Telegraph.
DUBBED ‘THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION’ AFTER THE EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC RESPONSE TO HIS DANCE PERFORMANCES ON THIS YEAR’S STRICTLY COME DANCING, ED BALLS IS CURRENTLY TOURING THE COUNTRY WITH THE STRICTLY TEAM.
His book Lessons in Life and Politics was published in 2016 and was a Sunday Times Bestseller.
After leaving politics in 2015, Ed taught himself to play the piano, passing Grade 5, and also taught himself to cook, leading to an appearance on Sport Relief Bake Off. He has run the London Marathon three times, raising over £160,000 for WhizzKidz and the British Stammering Association.
Ed was a Labour MP for ten years, during which time he was Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, serving until the 2010 general election, in which Labour became the opposition party. He was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, followed by Shadow Home Secretary. He served in this role until 2011, when he was appointed as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, a role which he held until his defeat as an MP in the 2015 general election.
Following his election defeat, he became 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 the chairman of Norwich City Football Club in December 2015.
Ed lives in London and Castleford with his wife, former Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP Yvette Cooper. In 2007 they became the first married couple to serve together in the Cabinet. They have 3 children.
Ed is a Patron of the British Stammering Association and a member of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation Board.