Balls waltzes to bottom of Strictly leader board

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones.

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones.

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Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls said he was “madly disappointed” with his Strictly Come Dancing debut which left him bottom of the leaderboard.

The ex-Labour MP’s waltz with partner Katya Jones to Elvis’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? failed to impress the judges with Craig Revel Horwood calling it “pedestrian”.

Balls, who is the former MP for Morley and Outwood, scored 21 points but and said he had done “massively better in rehearsals” and felt he had “let down” Jones.

He added: “We started from a low base but the truth is we are madly disappointed.

“It would have been so much better but I messed up the turns which I have done so many times.

“As a result I never really did get through the rest of it the best that I could.”

Head judge Len Goodman said he was “pleasantly surprised”.

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