PUBLISHED: 16:11, Sun, Sep 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:20, Sun, Sep 6, 2020
Hackney MP Diane Abbott, 66, who is known for being the Shadow Home Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn, expressed her thoughts over Jacqui Smith signing up to Strictly Come Dancing, after she turned down the offer in the past. The politician revealed why many may be "surprised" over her reasons for saying no.
I turned them down.
Jacqui, the former Labour MP for Redditch who was the first female Home Secretary, said she was "speechless with excitement" when Strictly's bosses asked her to join the line-up.
In a new interview, Diane said she thinks Jacqui is "very brave" to star on the dancing programme this year.
After the politician was asked whether she has been approached by Strictly before now, she replied: "They have, and I turned them down.
"I couldn't possibly do it. I think Jacqui's very brave."
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Diane Abbott spills on turning down Strictly Come Dancing offer (Image: Getty)
Diane Abbott declined Strictly Come Dancing offer (Image: Getty)
While Ms Abbott spoke to Sophy Ridge On Sunday, she was then asked why she previously turned down the exciting offer.
"Because you'll be surprised to know I'm not someone with natural rhythm and I didn't want it exposed to millions of television viewers," she explained.
This year, Jacqui is up against the likes of Bill Bailey, Ranvir Singh and boxing sensation Nicola Adams.
The former MP spoke about how she has been preparing ahead of joining the show on BBC Radio 2 earlier this week.
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