Thursday 29 September 2016

Ed Balls makes cake to celebrate half-baked tweet

Published 28/04/2016 | 18:36

Screengrab taken from the Twitter feed of @edballs of a cake baked by the former Labour MP
Screengrab taken from the Twitter feed of @edballs of a cake baked by the former Labour MP

Ed Balls has baked a cake to celebrate the fifth anniversary of inadvertently tweeting his own name.

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The ex-Cabinet minister's online mishap has been commemorated on Twitter as Ed Balls Day every year since the original message was first sent at 4.20pm on April 28 in 2011.

Mr Balls, who lost his seat in the 2015 general election, was urged by wife Yvette Cooper to bake a cake depicting the tweet which became an internet sensation.

Former Labour leadership contender Ms Cooper tweeted: "We've insisted he bake a cake. How else would you celebrate #EdBallsDay?"

Mr Balls responded with a picture of the cake, decorated with five candles, and the comment: "Good grief .. but how could I say No?"

Twitter's so-called "poet laureate" Brian Bilston wrote a verse to mark the occasion, opening with the lines: "In the beginning were the words/ And the words were Ed Balls."

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