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Ex-MP Ed Balls reveals 'bake offs in the Commons'


Ed Balls wears the apron in his household (BBC/PA)

Ed Balls wears the apron in his household (BBC/PA)

Ed Balls wears the apron in his household (BBC/PA)

The House of Commons hosts not just political battles, but also competitive baking - according to former Labour MP Ed Balls.

He admitted: "There were bake offs in the Commons, it's true."

Mr Balls is set to compete in a Sport Relief special of the Great British Bake Off, against the Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron, former Spice Girl Geri Horner, football pundit Chris Kamara, Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh and BBC News reporter John Simpson.

Luckily for Mr Balls, he is adept in the kitchen and has years of experience as the sole cook, as his wife, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, has not cooked for 15 years.

He told the Radio Times: "I have offered to do a 14-hour pulled-pork barbecue for George Osborne. Every year we have one of these in Yvette's constituency, and I also held one in my former one.

"George hasn't taken the offer up yet, but I hope he will."

On what he would make for David Cameron, he joked: "Well, perhaps we should swap cakes. I could cook him a Norwich City cake and he could make me an Aston Villa one."

As part of the Bake Off, the contestants were asked to produce tiered cakes representing an extreme sport - and Balls went for ski jumping.

He explained: "My Eddie the Eagle jumper skis on Kit Kats. There are jelly bean supporters cordoned off by Curly Wurlies. The Olympic rings were represented by Fruit Polos.

"I think Paul (Hollywood) took a rather dim view of it. But Mary (Berry)'s reaction was amazing. I can't tell you any more, because it will spoil it, but it was the best cooking moment in my life. Ever ... I had to sit down."

:: This week's Radio Times goes on sale on January 19.