Cable to star in strictly Christmas show

The Business Secretary Vince Cable today confirmed his intention to star in a Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

Dr Cable, who is set to partner ballroom professional Erin Boag, informed delegates at the Association of Colleges' annual conference in Birmingham he was already practising for the hit show.

Quizzed about reports that he was set to perform on the programme, he said: "I have had a couple of practice sessions with Erin, who is absolutely gorgeous and a great teacher. I am looking forward to it."

After making an address on the Government's strategy to boost apprenticeships, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills told reporters he believed former MP Ann Widdecombe had broken down the barrier for politicians to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Dr Cable, 67, aims to perform the American smooth and the foxtrot when he follows in Miss Widdecombe's footsteps.

The Business Secretary described his initial practice sessions as a "great experience" and also praised Miss Widdecombe's efforts to liven up viewers' Saturday evenings.

"I have done social dancing as it's my hobby, but she (Erin) is hopefully taking me to a much higher level," Dr Cable said.