Ed Balls was for years known for his work in politics, but lately the former Labour MP and ex-Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer has reinvented himself as a TV personality, having a go at presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Debuting in his latest role earlier this month, Ed’s new venture has drawn a mixed reaction from audiences across the UK, with some not so sure of what to make of a former Parliamentarian hosting one of the nation’s most watched TV programmes.
But it’s not the first time Ed has been seen outside of Westminster since he last held office in 2015. In 2016 he participated as a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing, where he faced defeat a year after losing the Morley and Outwood constituency.
This evening, Ed returns to our screens once again on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
Ed previously told the BBC that he was going into the programme thinking his ancestors “were going to be boring Norfolk farmers”, but in the show he found out his family history was a lot more complex than that.
While viewers can expect to find out many things about Ed they didn’t know before, many would also be surprised to hear that Ed actually has a day of the year named after him, albeit unofficially.
Ed Balls Day has been marked every April 28 for the last 10 years.
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It all started on April 28, 2011 when Ed Balls himself was searching for an article written about him on social media platform Twitter.
However, instead of typing his name into the search bar at the top of the window, he accidentally typed his name up as a tweet and posted it.
Users of the social media platform were quick to notice the then-serving shadow chancellor’s mistake, and ruthlessly jumped on it.
Since then, his name has become a trending topic on Twitter once every 365 days.
After a decade of doing this, Twitter users still haven’t tired of poking fun at Ed, and look set to continue this tradition into its eleventh year in April 2022.
The original tweet remains on Twitter, and has since been retweeted over 108,200 times.
Viewers can watch Ed Balls on Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One tonight at 9pm.
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