Ed's Blog

May 5th, 2017

Bank of England Independence: Twenty Years On

On 2nd May, the Strand Group and hosted a half-day conference at King’s College London, featuring discussions led by Visiting Professor Ed Balls, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the New Labour government’s decision to give the Bank of England operational independence in 1997, to reflect on the Bank’s role over [...]

May 3rd, 2017

My appearance on Loose Women – always a pleasure!

I had a great time on Loose Women today chatting about life since Strictly and the release of the paperback of my memoir ‘Speaking Out’, which includes a NEW chapter containing all the juicy details of my Strictly experience!  Get your copy here! [...]

April 23rd, 2017

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

This afternoon I’m flying out to Harvard for the final research meeting of my two- year fellowship there. It’s feels very odd to be leaving Britain at the beginning of the General Election – the first one I won’t be actively involved in since 1992. Lots of people have asked [...]

April 4th, 2017

Ed’s Harvard Kennedy School Presentation, ‘Is the case for central bank independence dead?’

On 27th March, the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government welcomed Ed Balls, visiting fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and UK Shadow Chancellor from 2011 to 2015; Prof. Lawrence Summers President Emeritus and University Professor, Harvard University, and Former US Treasury Secretary; Alberto Alesina, Nathaniel [...]

March 31st, 2017

My dream dinner party on Radio 4 – have a listen!

I’ve hosted a gathering with a twist. All my guests are from beyond the grave, longtime heroes brought back to life by the wonders of the radio archive. I am joined by former chancellor Denis Healey, comedy legend Les Dawson, feminist pioneer Nancy Astor, Hollywood great Danny Kaye and others, for half [...]

February 20th, 2017

Ed’s Sunday Times Bestseller, ‘Speaking Out’, is about to be released in paperback. Here are the tour dates…

Click the links below to book your tickets for: The Apex on 11 May   /   Greenwich Theatre on 15 May    /   Cheltenham Everyman on 23 May ‘An engaging, highly readable and on occasion moving portrayal of life in the Westminster madhouse.’ i POLITICS BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘Unusually [...]

January 22nd, 2017

My BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics interview, 16 – 22 January 2017

  You can download the Essential Classics podcast here.                [...]

January 14th, 2017

My interview for the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, 14 January 2016

The combination of losing weight and gaining popularity doesn’t half put a spring in the step. Ed Balls says the surprising thing about his post-Strictly world is how filled with smiles it is. In the old days he used to walk down the street and gain recognition – but often [...]

December 19th, 2016

‘After four months of blood, sweat, tears and fleckerls, Ore Oduba is the deserving winner of Strictly 2016’ – My article for the Sunday Telegraph, 18 December 2016

After four months of blood, sweat, tears and fleckerls, Ore Oduba walked away the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball. On a night when any one of the finalists could have taken the trophy, the sports commentator and rookie dancer kept his nerve and, with his dance partner Joanne Clifton, [...]

December 2nd, 2016

My interview with Jonathan Freedland at the Guardian, 2 December 2016

Fresh from his Strictly Come Dancing exit, the former shadow chancellor says the whole experience felt more like a victory than a defeat – and that it was a lot like working with Gordon Brown ‘I always felt with Gordon Brown that I should say when I disagreed. I did the [...]