Wednesday 26 October 2016

Strictly budgeting for ex-MP Ed Balls to make autumn statement on dancefloor

Published 02/08/2016 | 11:26

Ed Balls is getting ready to rumba, according to reports
Ed Balls is getting ready to rumba, according to reports

Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls could be waltzing his way on to Strictly Come Dancing.

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According to reports, the ex cabinet member, who lost his seat in last year's election, could be showing off his moves on Strictly Come Dancing in the autumn.

The Daily Mirror quoted a source as saying: "Ed has got some moves."

Other ex-politicians who have appeared in the ballroom show include Edwina Currie and Ann Widdecombe.

Former business secretary Vince Cable took part in the Christmas special in 2010, which would make Mr Balls the first male politician to appear on the main Strictly show.

In one of the greatest casualties of the 2015 election, Mr Balls, 49, lost his Morley and Outwood seat in May last year.

His wife, Yvette Cooper, is still a Labour MP.

Singer Will Young, actress Lesley Joseph, former royal butler Paul Burrell and TV presenters Louise Redknapp and Laura Whitmore are also being linked to the next series.

Balls was famously spotted on the dancefloor at the Labour Party conference in 2014 doing a Gangnam Style dance.

But this is not the first time the father-of-three has been linked to the BBC One show.

"Three marathons means I'm fit, but am I really fit enough for Strictly?... I'm not quite sure if I'm quite equipped for Strictly," he has previously said.

Head judge Len Goodman has previously announced the next series of Strictly will be his last and ITV is launching a new big-budget rival to BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing, set to launch in 2017.

A BBC spokeswoman declined to comment.

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