Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has revealed that she has rejected an approach to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.
The 66-year-old - Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987 - found herself with more time on her hands after being stood down from the shadow cabinet in the wake of Labour's heavy defeat at the 2019 general election.
"I have [been asked] and I turned them down," Abbott told Sophy Ridge On Sunday on Sky News. "I couldn't possibly do it. I think Jacqui's very brave.
"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."
In the same interview, Abbott appeared to suffer a slip of the tongue when she referred to new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as "Steer Calmer".