Edward is a councillor who meets Ian Beale at a council lunch and wants to throw a party, so decides to use Ian and Christian Clarke's events organising business, Fit for a Queen, to organise it. He assumes Ian is gay, and asks him out for a meal. During the meal, Ian admits that he is not totally in love with his wife, Jane Beale. Edward invites him to be his guest when he collects his MBE from the Queen, but due to Ian's daughter Lucy Beale's disappearance, Ian is unable to attend. In January 2009, Tunstall is reported to be involved in a scandal with a young man, mentioned in the Walford Gazette newspaper. It is then revealed that he has stepped down as councillor.