Liverpudlian Edwina Currie was educated at Oxford University, and started her political career as a councillor on Birmingham City Council before standing as a Conservative MP for South Derbyshire in 1983. She became Junior Health Minister in 1986, but resigned two years later after the controversy surrounding salmonella in eggs. She continued as an MP until 1997 when she lost her seat in the General Election. Edwina also has a career as a writer, having published six novels and five works of non-fiction.

Edwina danced in the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing with Vincent Simone. In their first dance, the Cha Cha Cha, Vincent took a risk with his choreography by dancing some of the traditionally female steps himself, but it failed to impress the judges and left them second from bottom of the leaderboard. Their next dance was the foxtrot, and although Edwina looked more comfortable in hold, to go along with the style of the song, a cafe table and chairs provided a storytelling element to the choreography, but lead to just 25 seconds of foxtrot in hold, and resulted in the lowest scoring foxtrot in Strictly history. This left the couple second from bottom of the leaderboard, and the first couple to leave the competition.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Cha Cha Cha Build Me Up Buttercup 2 5 5 5 17
2 Foxtrot Buona Sera 4 5 5 5 19


Edwina's introduction video (from www.bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing)