Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who lost his seat in May's election, doesn't look like he's going to be returning to politics any time soon.

The Times (£) reports that the former MP for Morley and Outwood is to take up a post as a visiting lecturer at King's College London, teaching on a postgraduate course on the history of the Treasury and the British economy since 1945.

According to the paper, Balls spoke highly of the "drive and vision" of the King's policy institute:

It is filling an important gap and I am honoured to play my part in helping it succeed.

Balls, who served as secretary of state for children, schools and families under Gordon Brown, was the highest profile casualty in Labour's defeat during the last general election.

It was announced shortly afterwards that he would be taking up a post as a researcher attached to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, looking at European integration.

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