Ed Balls has taken in refugee family who fled Ukraine

The Good Morning Britain presenter is housing a mum and two daughters

Ed Balls has taken in a Ukrainian family. (PA)
Ed Balls has taken in a Ukrainian family. (PA)

Good Morning Britain presenter Ed Balls has taken in a refugee family from Ukraine - and it seems his old Strictly partner Katya Jones has been giving them some dance tips.

The former politician and his wife Yvette Cooper are housing a mum and her two daughters after they fled the Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia, and the family's friends are apparently staying nearby.

"They have been living with us in Castleford since last April," Balls said on the ITV show.

Read more: Good Morning Britain's Ed Balls shocks Susanna Reid with revelation he survived an avalanche

"They had to escape overnight when Kyiv was being bombed - they had to leave their dad."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/11/15: Yvette Cooper MP and Ed Balls are seen at the Commemoration.
Thousands of people including key politicians, celebrities, faith leaders, high profile supporters of refugee childrens rights gather in an event organized by UK charity Safe Passage in Euston, London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport. Survivors of the Kindertransport have issued a statement urging the government to provide more routes to sanctuary for child refugees. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Ed Balls and wife Yvette have taken in a mum and two daughters. (SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (SOPA Images via Getty Images)

He told The Sun: "Their dad and grandparents are still in Ukraine so they have been back to visit but the continued shelling and power shortages make things very hard."

Two of the girls - who are named Yeva and Zakhar - are champion dancers and have been taking part in competitions.

The paper quoted Yvette as saying: "Yeva and Zakhar are amazing dancers and it’s been inspiring to see them training every day and winning competitions despite everything that has happened."

A source said that Strictly star Jones, who Balls danced with on the BBC ballroom contest in 2016, "has been helping the girls with dance tips".

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour - Photocall  Featuring: Ed Balls, Katya Jones Where: Birmingham, United Kingdom When: 19 Jan 2017 Credit: Joe/
Katya Jones has apparently given the girls dance tips. (Joe/ (WENN, WENN Rights Ltd)

"It’s been really sweet," they added.

Read more: Ed Balls on overcoming stammer: I thought hosting GMB would lead to meltdown

Balls said last year that he was hoping to host a family fleeing Ukraine, saying on Good Morning Britain that he and his wife had applied to do so early on.

After the scheme to house people from Ukraine was launched, several celebrities said they would like to open their homes to refugees, including Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and TV presenter Gary Lineker. Chris Tarrant was one of the stars to open his home to a family.

Watch: Ed Balls lays into Jeremy Clarkson over Meghan Markle apology