Get ready to cringe at this Strictly joke made in Ed Balls' old constituency

Andrew Gwynne (Dave Higgens/PA)

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.

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.

The lack of laughter from the crowd was echoed over on Twitter with users cringing at the comment.

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.

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