- Ed Balls was a shock casualty of the 2015 General Election
- He had been mulling over a return to the Commons, where his wife Yvette Cooper sits as an MP
- But he has ruled out standing, fearing it could harm her leadership chances
- He won over the nation with his wacky performances on Strictly Come Dancing
Speculation had swirled that the former shadow chancellor would capitalise on his new-found popularity and seize the chance to run on June 8.
But he has abandoned the plans over fears it could harm the chances of his wife, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, of becoming leader after Jeremy Corbyn.
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Ed Balls, who won over a new legion of fans through his wacky performances on Strictly Come Dancing, has ruled out standing in the General Election
The former shadow chancellor underwent an image transformation as he was watched by around 10 million viewers a week on the BBC dance show
Mr Balls spent several years on the front benches, serving in Gordon Brown’s government and then becoming shadow chancellor under Ed Miliband
Mr Balls, pictured with his wife, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper. He is said to have ruled a return to Parliament over fears he could be a liability to her Labour leadership chances
An ally of Mr Balls, who lost his West Yorkshire seat of Morley and Outwood in one of the shock results of the 2015 election, said he feared he could become a liability to his wife.
He said: ‘Ed is popular with the public as an ex-MP. When he was here he was a liability to her and he would be if he returned.
‘It’s sad but it’s the truth.’
Mr Balls was once described as Labour’s least popular politician, and as shadow chancellor earned a reputation as being the party attack dog.
But he won over the nation through his weekly appearances on Strictly Come Dancing, where his memorable performance of Gangnam Style was one of the highlights of the season.
And it cemented his position as one of Labour’s most well-known faces, as the show regularly pulled in weekly viewing figures of around 10 million.
As shadow chancellor Mr Balls was known as Labour’s attack dog and gained a ferocious reputation. But since appearing on Strictly he is riding high in the popularity stakes