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Ed Balls rules out the political return of Labor in Wakefield after the election | Ed Balls

Ed Balls ruled out a return to politics as a Labor candidate in the upcoming Wakefield by-election.

The former shadow chancellor, who lost his seat in Morley and Outwood in the 2015 general election, wrote on Twitter that he “does not intend to enter the competition”.

The West Yorkshire constituency is expected to elect a new MP after the current Imran Ahmad Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy last week.

Khan, who was expelled from the Conservative Party last week following a crown court verdict in Southwark, said he would step down to challenge the jury’s decision.

There have been reports that Balls will fight for the chair, but the former Secretary of Education, who is married to shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, wrote on Twitter: “I have learned from New York that speculation about Wakefield is still going on.

“I appreciate all the news, but to remove any doubts, no one has spoken to me about it and I do not intend to report until the current Member finally resigns!”

The date of the by-elections has not yet been set.

After losing his seat, Balls went on to pursue a career outside of politics, including serving as chairman of Norwich City FC and appearing on television programs about cooking and traveling.

In 2016, he also appeared on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and established himself as a political and social commentator in the media.

During his decade in the House of Commons, Balls served under Prime Minister Tony Blair as Secretary of the Treasury and was later promoted to the Cabinet as Secretary of Education by Gordon Brown, with whom he was closely associated.

In the 2010 Labor election, which was won by Ed Miliband after Brown’s resignation from 10th place, he finished third and held the position of shadow cabinet until his election defeated five years later.

Wakefield turned blue during Boris Johnson’s overwhelming election victory in 2019, when he occupied a row of “red wall” seats in the traditional heart of Labor in the north of England, the Midlands and North Wales.

Labor held a seat from the 1930s until Khan’s victory. Keir Starmer will focus on getting him back from the Conservative Party, besieged by allegations of violations in recent months and after Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined by police for violating coronavirus rules during the blockade.