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Lib Dem Cable reveals dance dream
Vince Cable
Godfather of droll: Mr Cable has had MPs in hysterics recently
For years, his political life might have been described as Strictly Spreadsheets, but acting Lib Dem leader Vince Cable is ready for some glamour.

The 64-year-old Treasury spokesman has revealed he wants to take part in the BBC One hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

The Twickenham MP, a keen ballroom dancer, has told GMTV it is "a real ambition, a serious ambition" not just to appear - but to win.

Lib Dem colleague Chris Huhne called Mr Cable a "shoo-in" to win the contest.

Taking the lead

In recent weeks Mr Cable, not seen as one of Westminster's more flamboyant politicians, has revealed a talent for light entertainment.

During prime minister's questions on Wednesday he reduced MPs to hysterics by likening Gordon Brown - currently beset by a number of crises - to the hapless film character Mr Bean.

However, as with his comments over the Northern Rock crisis and the loss of 25 million child benefit records, he seems serious about tripping the light fantastic.

Asked if he wanted to appear on the show, Mr Cable replied: "Well, you're tempting me. If I received an invite I'd find it very difficult to turn down."

When it was suggested he might even win the contest, following in the steps of cricketer Mark Ramprakash and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, Mr Cable replied: "Yes, that's a real ambition, a serious ambition!"


Mr Cable is standing in as Lib Dem leader until a successor is found for Sir Menzies Campbell, who resigned last month.

An avid viewer of Strictly Come Dancing, he told GMTV: "Bruce Forsyth is, of course, just over the top.

"But actually the judges are great, the dancers are great. I'm backing Alesha, this very beautiful and very talented dancer."

Mr Huhne, who is one of two contenders to replace Mr Cable as Lib Dem leader, told the BBC: "I saw Vince dancing with [his wife] Rachel the other day and he's a shoo-in.

"Show me the way to Ladbrokes. I'm putting money on him."

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