Ed Balls Day: Social media users celebrate sixth anniversary of ex-Shadow Chancellor's embarrassing tweet

Jonathan Mitchell
Ed Balls accidentally tweeted his own name six years ago: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Friday marked the sixth anniversary of former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls embarrassingly tweeting his own name – and the mistake is still being mocked on social media.

Twitter and Facebook celebrated what has become known as Ed Balls Day, April 28, when in 2011 the Labour politician tweeted "Ed Balls" instead of searching for his name.

The awkward slip-up, which has been retweeted almost 90,000 times, prompted hilarity for social media users, with mocking memes soon appearing.

Six years on people still are not tired of poking fun at the former MP.

Laura Tisdall tweeted a picture of the Queen sat next to a framed photograph of Mr Balls and said: “’Ed Balls.’ – Powerful words from Her Majesty the Queen, addressing the nation in her traditional #EdBallsDay speech."

Celebrity Stacey Solomon tweeted: “6 years ago today ... Happy #edballsday @edballs.”

Mr Balls tweeted his own name while he was shadow chancellor under former Labour leader Ed Miliband’s stewardship.

Since being ousted in the 2015 general election, he has gone on to appear in Strictly Come Dancing, becoming a favourite for his questionable dancing and extravagant costumes.

Mr Balls has ruled himself out of running in June's general election.

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