Ed Balls Warns Labour Won’t Win Unless Its Members Better Reflect The Public

But Balls was much more sceptical.

“I said ‘Well, I think it’s 99% certain that this was a spoof because I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn would be ringing to congratulate me.

“’But on the 1% off-chance that this wasn’t some Australian radio programme or BBC Leeds, ring his office to say we’ve had a call’.  So she called his office and it was in fact a spoof. But it was a most convincing spoof.

“So, I’ve had Gordon Brown and David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove, but not Jeremy Corbyn.”

Wife Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, has joked that his appearance on Strictly is his equivalent of a middle-aged man buying a motorbike.

Balls told HuffPost: “I’ve had the longest midlife crisis in history!

“I’ve had a midlife crisis since 2010, after the Labour leadership. I’m seven years in and going strong. I think I’ve embraced it.”

More from Ed Balls’ HuffPost UK interview will be published on Thursday Dec 1

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