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The Right Honourable
Ed Balls
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
20 January 2011 â€“ 8 May 2015
Leader Ed Miliband
Shadowing George Osborne
Preceded by Alan Johnson
Succeeded by Chris Leslie
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
8 October 2010 â€“ 20 January 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Shadowing Theresa May
Preceded by Alan Johnson
Succeeded by Yvette Cooper
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
In office
11 May 2010 â€“ 8 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Shadowing Michael Gove
Preceded by Michael Gove
Succeeded by Andy Burnham
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
In office
28 June 2007 â€“ 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Alan Johnson
Succeeded by Michael Gove
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
6 May 2006 â€“ 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Chancellor Gordon Brown
Preceded by Ivan Lewis
Succeeded by Kitty Ussher
Member of Parliament
for Morley and Outwood
Normanton (2005–2010)
In office
5 May 2005 â€“ 30 March 2015
Preceded by Bill O’Brien
Succeeded by Andrea Jenkyns
Personal details
Born Edward Michael Balls
(1967-02-25) 25 February 1967 (age 49)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Yvette Cooper (m. 1998)
Children 3
Alma mater

Keble College, Oxford
Harvard University

Religion Christianity (Anglican)[1]
Website www.edballs.co.uk

I don't think I've ever sent a text to Gordon Brown because I'm confident that he would absolutely have no idea how to receive it. He barely managed to master WordPerfect 4.1.
Ed Balls
I would love to go on 'MasterChef'. But while I really like cooking, I'm doubtful anyone would ever want to pay for what I'd cooked.
Ed Balls
The thing about politics is to plan 10 years ahead, and assume every year is your last.
Ed Balls
For the first time I'm free to be myself.
We have come to the edge of the abyss and now it is time for a bold step forward. There is a political view that the tougher you are, the more credible you are.
Ed Balls
You could get a cheer by saying: 'Let's withdraw from Afghanistan', but I don't think that's where the public's at. It wouldn't be responsible.
Ed Balls
It was a mistake. On the information we had, we shouldn't have prosecuted the war. We shouldn't have changed our argument from international law to regime change in a non-transparent way. It was an error for which we as a country paid a heavy price, and for which many people paid with their lives.
Ed Balls
I'm a very loyal person and I allowed myself to be defined as somebody who was doing Gordon's bidding. I should have fought back harder to define myself at an earlier stage.
Ed Balls
I think three or four years ago, people would have said my biggest weakness was that sometimes I was awkward on television, with my stammer, but I think they'd say that much less now.
Ed Balls
In 1925, when Britain went back to the gold standard, that was supported by the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Bank of England, the civil service, the CBI, the TUC, the Times, the Economist; that consensus was very strong.
Ed Balls
Saddam Hussein was a horrible man, and I am pleased he is no longer running Iraq. But the war was wrong.
Ed Balls
My mobile phone battery runs out all the time because all the messages come straight to me.
Ed Balls
I set myself one task, which was to get Labour on to the front foot, back in the game, making the weather on the economy, and that's going to take me a year.
Ed Balls