Strictly Come Dancing: "Don't take it too seriously" - Edwina Currie offers Ed Balls some words of waltzing wisdom

'Great fun that someone like him is doing it' - Edwina Currie praises Ed Balls for taking part in Strictly Come Dancing

The former shadow chancellor is reportedly headed for the sequined glory of Strictly Come Dancing

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Former Conservative MP Edwina Currie has praised fellow politician Ed Balls for taking part in the BBC TV favourite Strictly Come Dancing. 

The former shadow chancellor is reported to be among the line-up for the hugely popular show, which starts up again in the autumn, making him the first male politician to strut his stuff in front of the judges. 

The bookmakers don't fancy his chances much, though, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 100-1 on a Balls win.

Currie, who appeared on the 2011 edition of the show, had some advice for the former shadow chancellor ahead of his training. 

"There's some rather gruesome pictures of him dancing at the Labour Party conference in 2013," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"In those pictures, he's clearly taking it all rather seriously. My advice to him is don't do that.

"It's great fun that someone like Ed Balls is doing it.

"If you get a chance and they ask you, don't say no. Just do it!"

Listen to the full interview above