Christine admits ambition to appear in TV dancing show

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Phil Robinson

ONE of Christine Hamilton’s greatest ambitions is to appear on hit BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing.

She confessed: “I’d absolutely love to do the show.

“I can move well and I’ve got rhythm – the only thing is that I’ve also got arthritis and quite a few knee injuries mostly from parachuting, so I don’t think it’ll ever happen.”

The former MP’s wife turned TV celebrity made her admission to the Leader yesterday just before she spoke to an 80-strong audience who had been invited to a fundraising lunch in aid of the children’s medical research charity, Sparks, at the Wild Pheasant Hotel in Llangollen.

With her was her husband Neil, former high-profile Tory MP for Tatton in Cheshire, who is now a national newspaper political columnist and businessman.

They work as a team – or a double-act – and have done so ever since she was his right-hand woman when it came to constituency work during his 14 years as an MP. That life came abruptly to an end at the General Election of 1997 when Neil lost his seat to legendary TV war correspondent Martin Bell.

After his election defeat he moved into TV light entertainment, appearing regularly – often with Christine – on shows such as The Weakest Link, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and even in pantomime.

Christine has also done her fair share of TV work, most recently being seen on programmes like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity Masterchef.

And, she said, that cookery show turned out to be tougher than she had anticipated.
“I found it very hard work and much more stressful than I had imagined. In fact, I found it harder than being in the jungle which, incredibly, is now eight years ago.”

Summing up the couple’s hectic lives, she said: “Since we left politics, it’s all been a very mixed and varied. We never know exactly what’s round the corner. But our motto is that if it’s legal, honest and faintly decent we’re up for it.

“We’re glad to be here today supporting Sparks, which is a very good cause.

“I think generally this is a bad time for charities, with the recession, so we like to do what we can to help. It’s also very good to be here in Llangollen, which we have only fleetingly visited before. It’s great to be in North Wales, as I have my roots here – it’s where my grandfather came from.”

So would Neil ever make a return to politics? “If there were mass demonstrations in the country calling for my return no doubt I’d consider it,” he quipped. But actually no, I wouldn’t.”

It was then time for the duo to be ushered into the room where Christine’s audience awaited her.

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