Ed's Blog

August 27th, 2016

Extract from my book, ‘Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics’ – WHERE’S THE BEEF?

WHERE’S THE BEEF? Wednesday, 23 December 1998. The political world was absorbed in the intrigue of Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson’s undisclosed home loan to Peter Mandelson. The scandal was threatening to bring down Geoffrey, Peter and, in the process, Gordon Brown’s media adviser and my good friend, Charlie Whelan, who [...]

August 8th, 2016

It’s official… I’m going to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016!

The announcement was made this morning, Monday 8th August, on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, where I confirmed the news I would be participating in the new series live in the studio. You can listen to the interview again here. I’d like to say I’m just [...]

July 10th, 2016

My comments on Labour leadership, Peston on Sunday, 10 July 2016

Does @edballs think @angelaeagle should run for leadership? #peston pic.twitter.com/6KL6J8HTMY — Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) July 10, 2016 [...]

July 10th, 2016

My interview with U.S. magazine, Foreign Affairs, ‘A Remainer’s Lament’, 10 July 2016

What were the motivations voters had for leaving the European Union? There’s been some big changes in our economies over 20 years as a result of globalization, and I don’t think that either politicians or columnists properly understood what those meant. One was that, 20 years ago when I was [...]

June 22nd, 2016

My interview with NPR on the EU referendum, 22 June 2016

ROBERT SIEGEL (NPR): Ed Balls is a leading voice for the remain camp in the Brexit referendum. He’s a former senior member of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party, and he was influential in shaping Labour’s economic policies for 20 years. Thanks for joining us. ED BALLS: Good to be [...]

June 14th, 2016

My article in the Mirror, ‘Unlike Euro 2016, EU referendum only gives us one chance to get it right so vote Remain’

I flew into Marseille on Friday just behind the plane carrying Roy Hodgson and his team, and we managed to chat to Roy on the tarmac. I told him I didn’t envy the big decisions he had to make on team selection. But at least if a football manager gets [...]

May 25th, 2016

My interviews on Norwich City’s chief executive search, 25th May 2016

‘Big Interview’ with the Eastern Daily Press, 25th May 2016 Balance was a word that came up time and again in Norwich City’s action on the pitch last season – but it has taken on a whole new meaning now. David McNally’s shock resignation as chief executive barely a fortnight [...]

May 23rd, 2016

My ‘Peston on Sunday’ debut…

See the ITV Hub for the full episode. [...]

May 19th, 2016

‘Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics’

Penguin Press Release On the night of 7 May 2015, Ed Balls thought there was a chance he would wake up the next morning as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Instead, he woke up without a job. For two decades he had occupied a central position within Labour, rising from [...]

May 16th, 2016

My Remain Campaign Speech with George Osborne and Vince Cable, 16 May 2016

Well, it’s quite a surprise to be here – I’m not sure I ever expected to share a press conference stage quite like this. George, Vince and I have had very many run-ins in TV studios and across the Despatch Box over the years. And while I’m not involved in [...]