December 27, 2015 / 4:31 PM / 4 years ago

Former cabinet minister Balls named Norwich chairman

Ed Balls gestures during a campaign event in London April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British cabinet minister Ed Balls has been appointed chairman of Norwich City’s board of directors, the Premier League club said on their website on Sunday.

Balls, who is a lifelong Norwich supporter, will be at Carrow Road for the league game against Aston Villa on Monday with his team 17th in the 20-team standings.

Balls, 48, was a Labour Member of Parliament for 10 years from 2005, holding the senior positions of Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer before his defeat in elections this year.

“My earliest ambition was to play for #NCFC - next best thing is to become Chairman. Great honour & privilege,” Balls said on Twitter.

Delia Smith, the cookery writer and television presenter, is the joint majority shareholder in Norwich City.

Reporting by Ed Osmond; editing by David Clarke

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