Ed Balls

Ed Balls

'Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ed Balls wants Lord Alan Sugar to give the Charleston a go.

The politician and his professional partner Katya Jones showed off their moves to the fast-paced dance on the show at the weekend, and after the 'Apprentice' mogul expressed his shock that Ed hadn't been first voted off the show, he has now urged the businessman to follow in his footsteps.

Alan tweeted: "I can't believe Ed Balls has survived the first week of @bbcstrictly"

Ed replied: "I reckon you'd be much better at the Charleston than me, Alan..."

Ed's tweet caught the eye of 'Good Morning Britain' host Piers Morgan - who has an ongoing Twitter feud with Alan.

Piers wrote: "The Charlatan more like.

You were superb @edballs - giving all we dreadful but determined dad dancers a good name."

And Ed jokingly replied: "Cheers Piers - I did it for you ! - though I'm sure in his mind's eye that Alan is better than both of us."

The former shadow chancellor has also won praise from an unlikely source - members of the conservative party.

Ex-justice secretary Michael Gove joked: "Delighted for @edballs - a labour victory we can all celebrate."

And even Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is backing the Labour politician to win the show.

Asked by MailOnline who she is backing to take the glitterball trophy, she said: "Ed Balls... of course."

Meanwhile, Ed was said to see fellow contestant Melvin Odoom leave the show at the weekend because he has been a source of support for him.

He tweeted: "Melvin is such a generous guy, a real comrade - he really helped me out over the last few weeks - so sorry to see him go out #bbcstrictly (sic)"