Ed Balls to lift the lid on Labour battles in 'revelatory' memoirs

Written by David Singleton on 19 May 2016 in Diary

Forthcoming book by Labour heavyweight will delve into 'the mechanics of Westminster'.

Labour insiders were placed on alert today as Ed Balls became the latest senior politician to reveal plans to publish his memoirs.

The former shadow chancellor’s new book is due to be published by Hutchison in September, just before this year’s Labour party conference gets under way. It will be called Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics.

According to the publisher it will be "a political book like no other".

"It is about a politician who thought he might become the country’s next chancellor on the night of 7 May 2015, but who woke up the next morning without a job. It is about a 27-year-old idealist who came into politics thinking he knew everything, and found out the hard way how much he had to discover,” said a statement put out by Hutchison today.

"It is about how power can be used for good, and the lessons to be learned when things go wrong. It is about the mechanics of Westminster, and of Government. It is about facing up to your fears and misgivings, and tackling your limitations – on stages public and private.

"It is about victory and failure: about the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the frontline of British politics. It is a unique window into a rarely seen world. It sets out what politics is about, and why it matters."



The memoirs are expected to lift the lid on Ed Miliband’s leadership and the battles fought by Balls during his years as shadow chancellor. But they could also provide explosive new details of the long-running feud between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Balls started his political life in 1994 as an economic adviser to Gordon Brown and was a key ally to Brown throughout his time at the top of New Labour.

The former secretary of state for children, schools and families can also be expected to give the inside story of the Baby P Case, which saw him intervene in the running of Haringey Social Services to order the dismissal of its children services director Sharon Shoesmith.

And Balls could lift the lid on his failed 2010 Labour leadership bid and the role he played in his wife Yvette Cooper’s failed bid last year.

Hutchison’s Tom Avery said: "Speaking Out is a brave and revelatory account by an influential thinker and an extraordinary politician. It is a project that is unique in its candour, eloquence and range: a reckoning, a record of a remarkable career, and a rallying cry. It is a work of real importance, and one that we are enormously proud to be publishing at Hutchinson."


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