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Could Ed 'Glitter' Balls be the latest MP to join Strictly?

Ed Balls is rumoured to be one of the contestants on this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Credit: PA

Labour's Ed Balls could be the latest politician to show off his moves on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, according to reports.

The former shadow chancellor, who lost his seat in last year's general election, follows in the footsteps of Tories Edwina Currie and Ann Widdercombe and Liberal Democrat Vince Cable.

Dubbed 'Glitter Balls', the politician is to sign up for this autumn's dancing competition to tie in with the release of his memoirs in September, the Daily Mirror reported.

Balls has repeatedly shown off his passion for dance, joining pensioners line dancing while on the campaign trail last year and doing a 'Gangnam Style' dance at the Labour party conference in 2014.

In 2010, he and his wife, fellow Labour politician Yvette Cooper, showed off their ballroom dancing skills at the Unite social at the party conference.

The BBC have so far declined to confirm the rumour but betting chain Ladbroke have already opened their books on his Strictly performance.

But the odds of his success are not favourable - he is installed as an outsider at 100/1 to win the competition.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "At 100/1 Ed's got no chance of waltzing his way to Glitterball glory. Time will tell if he'll fare better with the judging panel than Anne Widdecombe did."

The former shadow chancellor, who served in Ed Miliband's cabinet, has shown off his dancing skills in the past. Credit: PA

Last year, Balls played down rumours he would enter the competition, claiming he was not sure he was "equipped" for it.

Cooper expressed similar misgivings about her 49-year-old husband entering the competition, speaking on Radio 4 after he lost his Morley and Outwood seat.

"Somebody said maybe he should go and do Strictly Come Dancing - which is a terrifying thought," she laughed.