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.