Ed Balls’s "not embarrassed" by Nazi pic

October 4, 2012
Oxford student Ed Balls in Nazi uniform

Oxford student Ed Balls in Nazi uniform

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he is “not embarrassed” by the student-era pictures of him in a Nazi uniform that appeared in the press in 2008.

In an interview with the Huffington Post he said: “Of course I’m not embarrassed by it. If I had the choice again, would I do it? No.”

Mr Balls explained that he wore the uniform at an end-of-year dinner at Keble College, Oxford, as a forfeit for allowing through rent increases as President of Keble’s Junior Common Room. “I went along with it for a laugh,” he said. “In retrospect, I wouldn’t do it again.”

Mr Balls is regarded as a consistent supporter of Israel. He speaks frequently at LFI events, and announced the LFI’s UK-Israel Economic Dialogue at its annual lunch in July, where he began his address with the word “Chaverim”.

Last updated: 7:11pm, October 4 2012