Ed's Blog

September 10th, 2016

Recent podcasts for the Guardian and the Economist – have a listen!


September 10th, 2016

The reviews of Ed’s book, ‘Speaking Out’

‘Reading Speaking Out, I found myself agreeing with Ed Balls’ VINCE CABLE, NEW STATESMAN Balls is clear that his defeat in his constituency in 2015 was a prelude to a funeral and life outside politics. I don’t believe a word of it. I was intrigued by the prospect of reading [...]

September 10th, 2016

My Norwich City programme note, 10th September 2016

Four weeks into the new season, and it already feels like we are on another Norwich City rollercoaster ride. For me, the high so far has been the imperious way the team over-ran Blackburn on the opening day of the season. And the low, that hugely frustrating afternoon in Birmingham. [...]

September 1st, 2016

My interview with Nick Robinson, Today programme, 1st September 2016

NR:                Morning to you                        EB:                Good Morning             NR:                I looked at your Twitter profile this morning not a mention of the fact that you are or were or ever had [...]

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 [...]