Scotland politics

Tory Davidson: 'Put me on the BBC's Strictly, please'

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Media captionRuth Davidson has urged the BBC to sign her up for Strictly Come Dancing

Scotland's Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has confessed that she would love to be a contestant on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

In a Sky News interview she urged the broadcaster to "sign me up for next year - I want a bit of that action".

The prime-time weekend show is currently featuring former Labour MP Ed Balls.

Ms Davidson spoke about her dancing ambitions ahead of her keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference.

She will address delegates on the final day of the Birmingham gathering.

'I'm with team Balls'

Ms Davidson said she was jealous of Mr Balls' participation in the competition which is now in its twelfth year.

She added: "I have to say I have been totally team Balls on Strictly Come Balls... Strictly Come Dancing.

"I think he's doing a tremendous job and I'm just jealous.

"So if anybody from the BBC is watching, sign me up for next year, because he's making it look brilliant. I want a bit of that action."

At the weekend, Mr Balls was praised for his second dance, a Charleston which earned him a standing ovation from the Strictly audience.

Politicians on Strictly

Image caption Former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls successfully completed his first week of competition with dance partner Katya Jones
Image caption Edwina Curry, a health minister in the 1980s, took part in the 2011 contest partnering with Vincent Simone
Image caption Former Tory minister Ann Widdecome featured in the 2010 series, dancing with partner Anton du Beke
Image caption Liberal Democrat Vince Cable appeared on a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2010. As a minister in the then coalition government, he has been the only serving politician to feature in the show

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