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Norwich City chairman Ed Balls to become general election pundit

PUBLISHED: 10:32 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 02 June 2017

Ed Balls. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Ed Balls. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor and current Norwich City chairman, has been enlisted by ITV to become a general election night pundit.

ITV News have announced Mr Balls, also known for Strictly Come Danding, will join George Osborne, editor of The Evening Standard, former Chancellor and Conservative MP, to offer political analysts throughout ITV’s election night coverage on June 8.

As the polls close, Tom Bradby will take the chair as host of ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results, leading ITV’s overnight coverage of the battle for Number 10.

Mr Balls said: “I’ve really enjoyed talking politics over the last few years with Tom Bradby on The Agenda and Robert Peston and Allegra Stratton on Peston on Sunday.

“So what better way to spend General Election night than to team up with them again as part of the ITV News team on the night.

“It’s the first time in over twenty years that neither George Osborne nor I will be actively involved for one of the two main parties. But hopefully, as the results come in, we will be able to add some interesting perspective and analysis on what has been a most unusual campaign.”

Mr Osborne and Mr Balls will be joined in the studio by ITV political editor Robert Peston and national editor Allegra Stratton, plus psephologists Professor Jane Green, a director of the British Election Study and Professor Colin Rallings, ITV’s election analyst for nearly 30 years.

Meanwhile, Nina Hossain will be watching for developing trends online.

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