Lib Dem leader tips Stead­man for glory

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Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Ca­ble has re­vealed he is back­ing Par­a­lympian Lau­ren Stead­man to lift the Glit­ter­ball tro­phy in this year’s Strictly Come Danc­ing.

The for­mer coali­tion busi­ness sec­re­tary, who is an ac­com­plished ball­room dancer, said he was “fol­low­ing it closely” and vot­ing.

He also waded into the de­bate sur­round­ing this year’s celebrity line-up, ar­gu­ing the in­clu­sion of two “semi-pro­fes­sion­als” in the shape of singer Ash­ley Roberts and Steps star Faye Tozer was “not a level play­ing field”.

Asked if he was fol­low­ing the lat­est series of the BBC One dance show, Sir Vince told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “Yes, I am fol­low­ing it closely.

“The thing that wor­ries me this year ... I think what’s un­for­tu­nate this year, you’ve got these two semi-pro­fes­sion­als Faye and Ash­ley, who are out­stand­ingly good, but it’s not a level play­ing field is it?”

Ca­ble re­vealed he had been vot­ing for Ca­su­alty ac­tor Charles Venn, but was now sup­port­ing Ms Stead­man af­ter Venn was sent home by the judges dur­ing last Sun­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal.

He said: “I voted for Charles, the one who was voted out last week, be­cause I thought he was great and I’m now vot­ing for Lau­ren.”

Lau­ren Stead­man danc­ing with part­ner AJ Pritchard

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