Labour’s national election campaigns co-ordinator has caused the internet to let out a collective groan by making a cheap gag about Strictly Come Dancing in Ed Balls’ former West Yorkshire seat.
— Dave Higgens (@DaveHiggensPA) April 20, 2017
Andrew Gwynne greeted supporters in Morley, near Leeds by telling them: “I’ve not come here to be Strictly Come Dancing, I’m here to be Strictly Come Campaigning with a great team of Labour activists.”
Balls achieved TV and viral stardom when he appeared on the popular BBC dancing show, his hilarious routines unexpectedly turning into a meme on the triggering of Article 50.
reminder of how to trigger article 50 https://t.co/mQCwmxEOSi
— Hannah Jewell (@hcjewell) March 20, 2017
The lack of laughter from the crowd was echoed over on Twitter with users cringing at the comment.
@FelicityMorse 'Strictly come campaigning'?? Doesn't even make sense!
— Paul Hodkinson (@MrPaulHod) April 20, 2017
— Alex Dismore (@Dizzydismore) April 20, 2017
@FelicityMorse There's a slightly longer version of this video in which tumbleweeds are seen rolling past.
— Lee Ewen (@leegewen) April 20, 2017
Labour has yet to pick a candidate for the Morley & Outwood seat so it is not yet known whether Balls will return to try and take it back from Tory Andrea Jenkyns, who scraped a win back in 2015 with just 422 votes.