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Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls will be competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The ex-politician is the first name to be officially revealed for the hit BBC One ballroom dancing show.

Ed Balls

He told Chris Evans on his Radio 2 breakfast show that he was "scared to death".

His wife, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, was one of the first people to react.

She posted a message on Twitter:

In a statement, Ed said: "I'd like to say I'm just really excited about learning to dance on TV, but the truth is I'm also scared to death.

"Making a speech in Parliament seems a piece of cake compared to this, but hopefully I can stick around for a couple of weeks, and have a lot of fun in the process. Strictly is a firm favourite in our living room, and it feels like a dream to be going on myself, especially for Len's last series. I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into a nightmare too quickly!"

Ed, 49, served as shadow chancellor from 2011-2015 and was Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 2010.