Ed Balls expresses concern as he delves into his family's dark past

Ed Balls delves into his family’s dark past as he learns his ancestor was accused of misconduct at a workhouse

Ed Balls expressed his ‘deep concernas he unveiled his distant relative William Dunbar’s dark past.

The former MP, 54, has recently been seen making new ventures outside of politics on おはようイギリス, and the former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, made another television appearance on BBC‘s Who Do You Think You Are? as he traced his family tree.

In Tuesday’s upcoming episode he discovers that his three times great grandfather, who was once a an assistant surgeon on HMS Victory during the Napoleonic wars, later took on a post at a workhouse.

'I want him to be one of the good guys': Ed Balls delved into his family's dark past on  BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? learning his ancestor was accused of misconduct at a workhouse

‘I want him to be one of the good guys’: Ed Balls delved into his family’s dark past on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? learning his ancestor was accused of misconduct at a workhouse

Speaking with RadioTimes, The former Labour politician said: ‘In both cases, the workhouse is – and the master of the workhouse is – mistreating one inmate and not feeding another, but in both cases, the accusation is that William Dunbar is an accessory.

Ed then reads an extract from a history book before expressing that it was difficult to celebrate his ancestors successes following later incidents in Kent.

William is not only accused of kissing the workhouse master’s 16-year-old daughter but also manslaughter alongside the master.

発見: Ed reflected on his discovery upon finding out about the accusations against his relative that he previously deemed as noble

発見: Ed reflected on his discovery upon finding out about the accusations against his relative that he previously deemed as noble

Ed reflected on his discovery upon finding out about the accusations against his relative that he previously deemed as noble.

彼が追加した: ‘That feels like a noble pursuit, but to then read these accounts of the poorest and the most vulnerable being mistreated cruelly and to read that he might have been part of that… so from pride to deep concern.

‘I don’t want to be ashamed. I’m related to him, I don’t want him to be part of the cruelty – I want him to be one of the good guys not one of the bad guys.

Dark past: 'I don’t want to be ashamed. I’m related to him, I don’t want him to be part of the cruelty'

Dark past: ‘I don’t want to be ashamed. I’m related to him, I don’t want him to be part of the cruelty








以前は, Ed also discovered that an ancestor on his mother’s side agricultural worker Christopher Green had been an arsonist.

The farmer worker had rebelled against the onset of new machinery that would do his job for him and was later charged with burning down the farmhouse.

It comes after Ed made his his Good Morning Britain presenting debut earlier this monthhosting the breakfast news show alongside Susanna Reid.

歴史を作る: Ed learnt about his family history (写真: Ed's great grandparents Frank Smith Balls and Jessie Dunbar)

歴史を作る: Ed learnt about his family history (写真: Ed’s great grandparents Frank Smith Balls and Jessie Dunbar)

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