Edward Balls

Biography

Ed Balls was successfully elected as MP for Morley and Outwood in May 2010 with a majority of 1,101 votes.

Ed Balls was elected Labour and Co-operative MP for the Normanton constituency on 5 May 2005. He was appointed Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in June 2007 and was previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury. After standing in the 2010 Labour leadership election he was briefly shadow home secretary before replacing Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor.

An active member of the TGWU, Unison and the Co-operative Party, before his election to Parliament he was proud to be in public service as Economic Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury. He has worked hard - nationally and locally - to make our economy stronger and fairer.

At the Treasury his job was to advise on government economic policy including Bank of England independence, the Windfall tax, the New Deal for jobs and the Winter Fuel Allowance. He is now using that expertise as a member of the Northern Way and Wakefield Way economic taskforces.

Ed is determined to fight to win more skilled jobs for our district. He wants to see more police on the beat and a fair deal for pensioners. Living locally, a dad with three kids, he knows we need more high-quality childcare which local families can afford.

Ed comes from a Labour family. It was the welfare state, created by a Labour government in 1945, which enabled his father - from a widowed family in a working class community - to get a scholarship to University. He is married to Yvette Cooper, the MP for Pontefract and Castleford. They have three children - Ellie, Joe and Maddy - and live in Castleford.

Constituency

Morley and Outwood

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Constituency Address

54 High Street, Normanton, WF6 2AQ

Constituency Tel

01924 898158

Date of Birth

25.02.1967

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Party

Labour

Personal Website

http://www.edballs.co.uk/

Westminster Address

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