Poll: Ditching Brown would not help Labor

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A new poll finds no likely replacement for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown would improve the Labor Party's electoral prospects.

Britain will offer limited tax rebate

LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling is close to announcing a tax rebate for low-income taxpayers, sources said Tuesday.

'Excessive' student testing criticized

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- A report claiming students are "excessively" tested is expected to put extra pressure on Britain's Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

Official: British school abused admissions

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- The British schools secretary revealed Tuesday that secondary schools have been charging parents to obtain a spot at a school of their choosing.

Tory leader's Auschwitz comment sparks row

LONDON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- British Conservative Party Leader David Cameron has drawn sharp criticism for describing a program involving school trips to Auschwitz as a "gimmick."

Child obesity epidemic growing in Britain

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The British government has acknowledged a severe obesity epidemic, with almost half of all British children predicted to be dangerously overweight by 2050.

Brown overhauls British Cabinet

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday announced his new Labor Cabinet in London, including the first female home secretary.

Gordon Brown accused of misdeeds

LONDON, April 2 (UPI) -- Britain's chancellor of the exchequer may face serious challenges in succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister following a new pensions scandal.

London erects wall against Sarbanes-Oxley

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- British authorities are moving to ensure that Washington's Sarbanes-Oxley rules never apply to the London Stock Exchange.

British central bank set to hike rate soon

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Britain's central bank could back a key interest rate hike, shortly before a general election campaign that could turn on pocketbook issues.
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Ed Balls

Edward Michael Balls, known as Ed Balls, (born 25 February 1967) is a British Labour politician, who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2005, currently for Morley and Outwood.

Educated at Oxford University and Harvard, Balls worked as a leader writer for the Financial Times. Although he was not elected to Parliament until 2005, he was an adviser to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown from 1994, and as such he was regarded as one of Brown's key lieutenants. From June 2007 to May 2010, Balls served as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

Balls is currently the Shadow Home Secretary, and was an unsuccessful candidate in the Labour Party's 2010 leadership election.

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