Ed Balls

Why We Should Tackle The Global Challenge Of Uncorrected Poor Vision

It’s time to help the whole world see<p>PA Archive/PA Images<p>I was in my forties when I discovered that I have an interiorised stammer – a relatively …

Blurry

This week’s best radio: Ed Balls on musical theatre

Betty Boothroyd talks musicals with Ed Balls on Radio 2, while Paul Merton celebrates 50 Years of Just A Minute with Nicholas Parsons on Radio 4<p>As 2018 begins, the former economic secretary to the Treasury consults with the former speaker of the House of Commons on the subject of a shared interest …

British Humour

Ed Balls: I hope Weinstein scandal makes things fairer for my daughters

Ed Balls has said he hopes the sexual harassment scandal stemming from allegations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will give his daughters …

News (Ireland)

Strictly fans joke Katya Jones's win is 'justice' after performing 'dancing miracle' with Ed Balls the previous year

Strictly Come Dancing fans jokes that Katya Jones’s win was "justice" after the “dancing miracle” she worked on former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls …

Joe McFadden

Strictly’s Katya is already thinking about a show-stopping move for 2018

The dancer helped partner Joe McFadden to this year’s final after the pair pulled off an impressive balancing act – in which she lifted the soap star …

Joe McFadden

Strictly-inspired alternatives to ‘dad-dancing’ – from Harriott Hopping to Nancy Prancing

Former contestant Jeremy Vine has complained the derogatory term could put off blokes desperate to boogie. Here are some alternatives based on the TV dance competition’s alumni<p>Is it time to give dancefloor dads a break? Jeremy Vine has said that the term “dad dancing” should be made illegal, as it …

UK News

Kenneth Clarke versus Ed Balls on the Bank of England and the euro

Terrific closing session of Jon Davis’s class on the postwar history of the Treasury at King’s College London last week, with special guest Kenneth …

Economics

Make phrase ‘dad dancing’ illegal, says ex-Strictly star Jeremy Vine

Former Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Jeremy Vine has called for a ban on the expression “dad dancing” as it discourages men from hitting the dance …

News (Ireland)

Bad-blood brothers: how New Labour infighting led to Brexit

<b>Tony Blair and Gordon Brown talk during Bono’s speech to the Labour Party Conference. Photo: PA</b><p>A common problem in marriages is toxic co-dependency, …

UKIP

Love phonics? Then you’ll like this – not a lot, but you’ll like it

Teaching children to read is a magical thing. You are not only unleashing a lifetime’s pleasure but providing the very foundation for how to …

Education (UK)

'I'm Not A Centrist Dad', Ed Miliband Tells HuffPostUK's Commons People Podcast

Former Labour leader riffs on Bake-Off, Big Ideas and more<p>Christopher Furlong via Getty Images<p>Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.<p>Ed Miliband has declared …

Referendums

Strictly’s Joe McFadden is causing partner Katya Jones more pain than Ed Balls

Strictly’s Katya Jones has revealed that dancing with Joe McFadden is worse than Ed Balls because Joe’s body shape is causing her injuries.<p>The …

Joe McFadden

'Strictly Come Dancing': Tess Daly And Claudia Winkleman Join Ed Balls For Hilarious 'Gangnam Style' Reprise

He's still got it.<p>It has been a full year since Ed Balls made ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ history with his ‘Gangnam Style’ routine, but it seems he …

Claudia Winkleman

PM 'cheering on' Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing

<b>The prime minister says she is "cheering on" Debbie McGee to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing.</b><p>Theresa May said Ms McGee, who is one of her constituents, was "doing very well" in the BBC show but her rival Alexandra Burke was also "very good".<p>Last year the PM backed her political rival, …

Debbie McGee

Ed Balls: Norwich City chairman warns of 'financial challenges' if no promotion

<b>Norwich City chairman Ed Balls says the club will face "big financial challenges" if they do not get promoted from the Championship this season.</b><p>They went down from the Premier League in 2015-16 and are in their final season of receiving parachute payments.<p>At the club's AGM the former shadow …

Norwich City FC

Should we create money differently to solve our problems?

Lake Windermere shimmers with golden flecks reflecting the crisp blue sky, while the surrounding hills are bathed in a rich autumnal glow. It’s a …

Personal Finance (UK)

The week in TV: Would I Lie to You?; She’s Gotta Have It; The Search for a Miracle Cure and more

Ed Balls’s singing was as funny as his dancing, Spike Lee rebooted his first film for Netflix, while Mary Berry had a taste of the high life<p><b>Would I Lie to You?</b> (BBC One) | iPlayer<b><br>She’s Gotta Have It</b> (Netflix)<b><br>The Search for a Miracle Cure</b> (Channel 4) | All 4<b><br>Sick Note</b> (Sky One)<b><br>Mary Berry’s Country</b> …

TV

Ed balls and Fiona Shaw to feature in BBC Radio's Christmas schedule

A celebration of musical theatre by former politician Ed Balls and an exploration of stage lighting from Harry Potter actor Fiona Shaw are among the …

Labour Party

Retail For The Disabled Consumer, Assault Courses For The Mind And Body

The retail behemoth! Shops crammed with goods we all supposedly can’t live without are once again approaching the Christmas season. With all the …

Disability

I’m a Celebrity will be a nice little earner for Kezia Dugdale. But that’s it

The former Scottish Labour leader follows a well-trodden path of politicians who have attempted a reality TV career reboot, with somewhat mixed results<p>Kezia Dugdale, the former leader of Scottish Labour, has jetted off to the Australian bush to join Ant and Dec and the cast of 12 in this year’s I’m …

News (Scotland)

British politicians on reality TV, rated and ranked

From the most disturbing to the “uh, it was fine, I guess”.<p>British politicians seem to have a bit of a reality television addiction.<p>This week, it was …

Ann Widdecombe

BBC One - Would I Lie to You?, Series 11, Episode 1

Rob Brydon hosts the award-winning comedy panel show with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the …

TV

Will The Budget Address Our School Funding Crisis?

90% of our schools affected by real terms cuts to funding yet the Education Secretary continues to deny that there is any problem whatsoever<p>sturti …

Education

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show review: Ed Balls invites us to a hot tub party (sort of)

Bursting into bedrooms and sending texts from the former shadow chancellor’s phone … The comedian’s show is back – and hard to dislike<p>Can you think of anything worse, more horrendous or terrifying? It’s the middle of the night, you are fast asleep in bed, at home. Suddenly, you are woken by people …

UK News

What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Monday 20th November

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Monday 20th November …

TV

Michael McIntyre's Big Show: Ed Balls and a 'hot tub party'

What happens when Ed Balls appears to invite everyone he knows to a hot tub party with Stormzy and Delia Smith?<p>The former shadow chancellor should have known better than to hand his phone to BBC One's Michael McIntyre - although Lord Mandelson seems quite into the idea.<p>You can watch the whole of …

Labour Party

Philip Hammond must ditch deficit reduction and invest. But he won't

The chancellor should change course but with no majority, no money and no productivity growth there’s no hope of that<p>Philip Hammond did not get his nickname of “Spreadsheet Phil” for nothing. The chancellor is a cautious man, who thinks that tackling Britain’s productivity challenge is a better use …

Economics

What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Saturday 18th November

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Saturday 18th …

TV

Saturday’s best TV: Michael McIntyre’s Big Show; My Country: A Work in Progress

A new run of McIntyre’s cheery variety show and, for a less comfortable alternative, Carol Ann Duffy’s response to Brexit<p>Michael McIntyre’s Big Show<p>8.10pm, BBC One<p>A third run of McIntyre’s amiable funfest introduces a benign nightmare called The Midnight Gameshow: the host bursts into a sleeping …

TV

Book review: Gordon Brown has learned nothing and forgotten quite a bit

<i>My Life, Our Times</i> by Gordon BrownThere is a wonderful cartoon by Max Beerbohm of George Bernard Shaw standing on his head, while Max himself, …

George Bernard Shaw