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27 December 2015

Top economist, senior politician, lifelong Canary.

NEW Norwich City chairman Edward Michael Balls was born in Norwich on February 25, 1967, and is a lifelong supporter of Norwich City Football Club.

Having started life in Norwich, his family moved to Nottingham when Mr Balls was 8. He attended Bawburgh County Primary, Crossdale Drive Primary School, and then Nottingham High School. Mr Balls went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford (First class honours), and economics and politics (MPA) at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, where he was a Kennedy Scholar and an economic Teaching Fellow.

He joined the Financial Times in 1990 as an economic leader writer until his appointment as an economic adviser to Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown in 1994. When Labour won the 1997 general election, Brown became Chancellor and Mr Balls continued to work as his economic adviser and went on to be appointed Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury.

A former Member of Parliament for the Labour Party, Mr Balls served as MP for Normanton from 2005-10 and then the new Morley and Outwood constituency from 2010 to 2015.

He has held a number of Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet positions for the Labour Party, including:

May 2006 to June 2007 - Economic Secretary to the Treasury
June 2007 to May 2010 - Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
May 2010 to October 2010 - Shadow Secretary of State for Education
October 2010 to January 2011 - Shadow Home Secretary
January 2011 to May 2015 - Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Ed has run the London Marathon three times since 2011, raising over £160,000 for WhizzKidz, a disabled children's charity, and Action for Stammering Children. Ed is a Patron of the British Stammering Association. He served as a member of the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission and is now a member of the memorial Foundation Board. 

Since the 2015 General Election, Ed has been appointed a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King's College, London University. He is a member of the Privy Council and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

He is married to former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper MP, Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford. They have three children.

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