I have been a member of the Labour Party since I was a teenager and
have been MP for Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley since 1997.
As well as being a constituency MP, I am currently also the Minister
for Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Inverness, Scotland, 1969, to Tony Cooper (trade
unionist) and June Cooper (Maths teacher).
Eggars Comprehensive, Alton, Hampshire, Alton
Sixth Form College, Oxford University, Harvard University, London
School of Economics.
Economic Researcher for late John Smith, Policy
Advisor to Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign, Policy Adviser to Labour
Treasury Team on public spending, Economic columnist and leader writer,
The Independent newspaper.
| Minister for Housing, attending Cabinet
2005 | Minister of State (Minister for Housing
and Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly
the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).
June 2003 |appointed
Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
May 29 2002 | appointed
Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.
October 1999 | appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary
of State for Public Health.
May 1997 | elected Labour Member of Parliament
for Pontefract and Castleford.
Previously | member, Education and Employment
Select Committee; member of Employment Sub-Committee; member, Intelligence
and Security Committee; All-party Coalfield Communities Group.
Special Political Interest
energy (coal industry), child poverty.
Trade Union Membership
I am married
to Ed Balls and we have two daughters and one son.
I enjoy swimming, painting portraits (badly) and I try to watch the
West Wing between Disney videos.
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