Ed Balls sparks hopes of political comeback after Strictly exit

Written by David Singleton on 28 November 2016 in Diary
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One Labour peer reckons that his party would win the next election ‘by a mile’ with Balls as leader.

Ed Balls has been urged to return to frontline politics following his exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

The shadow chancellor was booted off the show on Sunday after ten weeks, sparking a wave of praise from across the political spectrum.

Responding to the verdict, Labour MP Rachel Reeves was adamant that Balls could make a political comeback. She told the BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour:

“Read Ed’s autobiography. He loves politics and he loves ideas. There’s certainly still a place for him in the political debate. It’s up to him to decide what his future is but it’s been great fun watching him in Strictly. I think the public have seen a side of him that they didn’t see before.”

On Twitter, Labour MP Kevin Brennan congratulated Balls, saying: “You’ve brought a smile in a grim year and at last shown the public what a top bloke you’ve always been.”

And one Labour peer went further earlier this month. Lord Foulkes, who was Labour MP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley from 1979 to 2005 and is now chair of Age Scotland, suggested that his party would easily win the next general election if Balls was leader.

 

 

 

 

Outside of the Labour party, top Cameroons also praised Balls, led by the former prime minister himself.

David Cameron tweeted: “Well done @edballs – we’re very proud of you! #Strictly won’t be the same without you.”

George Osborne stated: “An amazing achievement - well done, @edballs. That took guts.”

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan described Balls as the “most popular politician in Britain right now & very smart guy”.

The TV presenter and former Mirrior editor added: “What price @edballs to be next leader of the Labour Party?”

With some bookies, Balls is now down to 33/1 to be next Labour leader while Clive Lewis remains the strong favourite at around 7/1.

Balls was booted off the show after performing a tango to (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.

 

 

 

 

 

Picture by: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images.

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