Ann Widdecombe sparks Strictly politician trend?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 November 2010
Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe sparks Strictly politician trend

Ann Widdecombe may have sparked a trend in politicians appearing on 'Strictly Come Dancing' after business secretary Vince Cable announced plans to feature in the Christmas special of the BBC One show

Ann Widdecombe may have sparked a trend in politicians appearing on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former Conservative minister has proved hugely popular with the public despite receiving consistently negative comments from the judging panel, and now will see business secretary Vince Cable follow in her footsteps.

Dr. Cable - who will be partnered by professional dancer Erin Boag - has confirmed he is to appear in the Christmas special of the BBC One show.

He said: "I have had a couple of practice sessions with Erin, who is absolutely gorgeous and a great teacher. I am looking forward to it.

"I have done social dancing as it's my hobby, but she is hopefully taking me to a much higher level."

The 67-year-old politician and the brunette beauty - whose professional partner is Ann's mentor Anton Du Beke - will perform the American Smooth in the Christmas special, which will be pre-recorded and air during the festive season.

Despite being a keen dancer, Dr. Cable has admitted his appearance on the show will be "diary permitting".

A spokesperson for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills said: "He's always been a keen ballroom dancer and he's indicated it is something he would like to do, providing he can fit it in amongst his ministerial duties."

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