Belfast Telegraph

Claudia Winkleman is in a spin over Peter Mandelson

By Robert Dex

Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman has cast her vote for an unlikely dancer in the next series of the show - former Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Mandelson.

Asked to pick a celebrity dancer for the next series of the BBC1 show, she plumped for the former Labour MP.

He would not be the first politician to battle for the glitterball trophy - Vince Cable and Ann Widdecombe have both put on their dancing shoes.

Known as Labour's 'Prince of Darkness' as a Blair spin doctor, Mandelson is now more likely to be seen in the showbiz pages.

Sherlock's Mark Gatiss is playing 'Mandy' in Channel 4 political drama Coalition, set to air on March 26. Gatiss recently said he based his sinister Sherlock alter-ego Mycroft on Mandelson.

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