Diane Abbott of Labor reveals she turned down a spot on Strictly

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Diane Abbott, of Labor, reveals she DECLINED a spot on Strictly Come Dancing because she “has no natural rhythm”

  • Diane Abbott revealed she turned down a spot on Strictly Come Dancing
  • Former shadowy interior minister said she lacked the skills to appear on the show
  • Former Labor MP Jacqui Smith is among the celebrities taking the party this year

Diane Abbott of Labor revealed that she turned down a spot on Strictly Come Dancing because she lacked a “natural rhythm.”

The former shadow Home Secretary, 66, praised former Cabinet Minister Jaqui Smith for taking the plunge and agreeing to appear on the hit show.

But the MP insisted that she would never personally want to put her dancing skills to the test in front of a massive audience.

Asked Sky News if she had been approached, Ms Abbott said: ‘They did and I turned them down. I probably couldn’t do it.

Former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, 66, praised former Cabinet Minister Jaqui Smith for taking the plunge and agreeing to appear on the hit show. But the MP insisted that she would never personally want to put her dancing skills to the test

Strictly Come Dancing continues this year, but with changes to reflect the current coronavirus crisis

Strictly Come Dancing continues this year, but with changes to reflect the current coronavirus crisis

“You will be surprised to know that I am not someone with a natural rhythm. And I didn’t want it exposed to millions of viewers.

Former Home Secretary Ms Smith and YouTube star HRVY are among the confirmed candidates for the next Strictly series.

Ms Smith, 57, said: “I was speechless with excitement about being invited to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…

“Fifty years ago I got a bronze medal for Scottish Highland dancing and it’s time to get back to dancing.

“I couldn’t be in better hands with Team Strictly and I’m going to take the challenge. Be careful!’.

Ms Smith and HRVY are joined on the final line-up by Jason Bell, Ranvir Singh, Clara Amfo, Caroline Quentin, Jamie Laing, Bill Bailey, JJ Chalmers, Max George, Maisie Smith and Nicola Adams.

Former Labor minister Ed Balls is also among the politicians to appear on the show in recent years.

Happy days: Policewoman Jacqui Smith and YouTube star HRVY confirmed as finalists in upcoming Strictly Come Dancing series, completing the cast for this year's contest

Happy days: Policewoman Jacqui Smith and YouTube star HRVY confirmed as finalists in upcoming Strictly Come Dancing series, completing the cast for this year’s contest

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