Profile: Ed Balls

Name: Edward BallsEd Balls

Birthdate:25th February 19671

Party: Labour (joined aged 16)2

Education: Nottingham High School (all-boys private); PPE at Keble College, Oxford; Economics at Harvard3 4

Hometown: Born in Norwich, Norfolk; moved to Nottingham aged 85

Current residence: Stoke Newington, North London. Castleford, West Yorkshire6

Current job title: Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer7

Quote from Ed:

The allegation that there was a plot, that there was nastiness, that… brutality, it’s just not true”8

Notable previous jobs:

  • Teaching fellow at Harvard9
  • Financial columnist (FT, Guardian, New Statesmen, Tribune)9
  • Economic Secretary to the Treasury9
  • Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families9
  • Shadow Home Secretary9

Notable for:

  • Chaired Fabian Society10
  • Patron of the British Stammering Association11

Politics:

  • Part of Gordon Brown’s inner circle (Brownite)12 13
  • Came third in 2010 party leadership election14
  • Scrapped SATs tests for 14 year olds15 16

Gaffes:

  • Fined £60 and three points deducted from car license for talking on his mobile whilst driving17
  • Involvement in the expenses scandal: allegedly ‘flipped’ his house three times with his wife, Yvette Cooper18

Other:

  • Joined the Oxford University Conservative Association in order to be allowed to attend political events19
  • Plays violin and bongo drums20
  • Supports Norwich City football club20
  • Ed: “When I was 16 or 17, I would have a small glass of wine at lunch on a Sunday, or a shandy or babycham at Christmas.” Sunday Telegraph 23/9/07 p12