Former health minister Edwina Currie becomes latest name linked to this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Former health minister Edwina Currie has become the latest in a long line of names linked to BBC1 reality television programme Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC1 series which sees celebrities paired up with professional ballroom dancers is set to return for its' ninth series later this year.

Other names previously linked to the show include former Neighbours star Jason Donovan and The One Show presenter Alex Jones. A report in the Telegraph suggests that Edwina (pictured) has been approached to take to the dancefloor after former business secretary Lord Mandelson turned down the offer to appear on the show.

Edwina is expected to meet with show bosses this week to finalise plans for joining the line-up which will be announced in full later this month. If Edwina joins the show, she will become the latest in a long line of political figures to take part on the show following the BBC's former political editor John Sergeant's stint on the show where he charmed the audience with an erm.. interesting take on the paso doble.

Last year, former politician Ann Widdecombe took part in the show where her struggle to perform the Charleston saw her becoming a cult figure and sailing through the first few weeks of the competition despite low scores.

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