Ed Balls
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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 brought together schools and children's policy for the first time in the Children's Plan and pushed through radical and progressive policies including raising the education and training age to 18, reform of the social work profession, establishing the support staff negotiating body and extra investment in youth services and short breaks for disabled children and their families.

In opposition (1994-1997) and then as chief economic adviser to the Treasury (1997-2004) Ed worked on policies including independence of the Bank of England, the windfall tax and New Deal jobs programme, Sure Start, tax credits and the national minimum wage.

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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Britain Needs a Strong Economy Everyone Can Benefit From

(101) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (12:55)

With living standards falling year on year for ordinary families, and conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic trying to protect the privileges of a wealthy few, the challenge for progressive politics is to raise the living standards of the great majority of our citizens.

It is this challenge that...

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We Need Action to End the Era of Tax Secrecy

(158) Comments | Posted 13 January 2013 | (13:31)

In tough times, and when the government is cutting spending and raising taxes, it's even more important that everyone plays their part and pays their fair share of tax.

Good British firms and millions of families are paying their fair share, but it is not right that some firms don't....

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Time for Urgent Action to Tackle Tax Avoidance

(145) Comments | Posted 24 November 2012 | (23:00)

When times are tough for families and businesses, and the government is cutting spending and raising taxes, the public are rightly demanding to know whether everybody is contributing their fair share.

The chancellor's decision to cut the top rate of tax in the Budget while millions of families and pensioners...

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Business Wants Action Not Excuses From the Government

(27) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (22:00)

Businesses want urgent action and leadership from the government to get our economy moving again. That's the clear message I've heard from companies around the country in the last few weeks.

In York on Friday, the main concerns amongst business leaders I met were the difficulties in...

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