Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line up: Former MP Ed Balls CONFIRMED!

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Former MP Ed Balls is the first celebrity contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

The announcement was made this morning (Monday 8 August) on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, where Ed confirmed the news he would be participating in the new series himself live in the studio.

“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," he said.

The ex politician continued: "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!”

The 49 Year Old former Politician and writer is best known as the UK Shadow Chancellor from 2011 -2015 and also served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007-2010.

Since leaving Parliament, Ed became a visiting professor of King's College London, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, and was appointed Chairman of his hometown football club Norwich City plus earlier this year, he appeared on The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.

More celebrity contestants for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing will be announced in due course.

Rumoured names include ITV's Judge Rinder, singer Anastacia, Corrie's Ryan Thomas, model Daisy Lowe, Pop Idol singer Will Young, Eternal's Louise Redknapp, former I'm A Celebrity host Laura Whitmore and butler to the late Princess Diana, Paul Burrell.

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