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Ed Balls

Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. He is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, co-Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Vice-President and former Chairman of Norwich City Football Club. His popular BBC TV series ‘Travels in Trumpland: with Ed Balls’ was broadcast in July 2018 and a second series ‘Travels in Europe with Ed Balls’ will air on BBC 2 later this year.Ed, a former Member of Parliament, was UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2011-2015) and served in the UK Cabinet as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007-2010). He was the UK Minister for Financial Services (2006-2007) and the Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury (1997-2004) during which time he was Chair of the IMFC Deputies and UK G20 Deputy. While Shadow Chancellor he was co-Chair with Larry Summers of the Center for American Progress Inclusive Prosperity Commission.Ed is married to Yvette Cooper MP. They have three children and live in London and Castleford. His interests include learning the piano, running, cooking, sailing and supporting Norwich City. Ed was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016 and was nominated for a Bafta for TV moment of the year in 2016 and as part of the ITN General Election team in 2017. In February 2019, Ed climbed Kilimanjaro with eight other well-known climbers, raising over £2m for Comic Relief. 

"City Lit do wonderful work supporting adult learning across a huge range of courses. Their expert teacher-therapists have made a huge difference to my life. And lots of their learning is now online. So if you fancy a browse, here’s where to go looking..."

— Ed Balls

Photo (left): Dominic Harris photography

In conversation with Ed Balls in celebration of lifelong learning week with Ed Balls - Thursday, 11 November 2021

In celebration of Lifelong Learning Week, we hosted a special event with Ed Balls and City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson.

Ed discussed the importance of lifelong learning and his time at City Lit as well as his memoir Appetite.