MP Dianne Abbott reveals she turned down Strictly Come Dancing spot

Diane Abbott has revealed that she turned down Strictly Come Dancing, before her fellow Labour MP Jacqui Smith took the spot instead. 

The line-up of this year’s Strictly series was announced this week, with Jacqui the twelfth and final contestant revealed.

Former Shadow Home Secretary Diane was quizzed by Sophy Ridge on Sky News today, questioning whether she would follow in her footsteps. 

Diane said: ‘I have [been asked] and I turned them down. I couldn’t possibly do it. I think Jacqui’s very brave.’

When asked why she would never sign up for the series, Diane laughed as she responded: ‘You’ll be surprised to know, I’m not someone with natural rhythm, and I didn’t want it exposed to millions of television viewers.’ 

Jacqui and the rest of the team will now be heading into rehearsals with the pros ahead of launch night, where their partners for the series will be announced. 

On the announcement, Jacqui said she was ready to put on the glitz and show a different, more fun side to herself.

She told Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2: ‘Who doesn’t want a bit of fake tan that isn’t all streaky like when you put it on yourself?

‘I’ve been doing some extra running and yoga during lockdown to try to make sure it isn’t too much of a body shock.’

Jacqui will be the second Labour MP to take part in the show – hot on the cuban heels of Ed Balls, who made a legendary turn back in 2015.

‘Ed was brilliant,’ she said. ‘Talk about throw yourself into it. That Gangnam Style was legendary… in the political world that is something to behold.’

Wonder what killer moves they have lined up for Jacqui…?

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.

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