Ex-MP Ed Balls tipped to waltz his way on to Strictly Come Dancing


Ed Balls is making his debut on Strictly Come Dancing

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

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.

Ed Balls

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

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

Strictly Come Dancing's Ann Widdecombe

Former business secretary Vince Cable took part in the Christmas special in 2010, so Ed would be the first male politician to appear on the main Strictly show.

In one of the biggest shocks of the 2015 election, Ed, 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.

Lesley Joseph

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

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 the BBC hit, set to launch in 2017.

Len Goodman is leaving Strictly (Ian West/PA Archive)

A BBC spokeswoman declined to comment.