Strictly Come Dancing’s remaining stars paid a visit to Downing Street this week – but it has been revealed that Natalie Gumede was not among them.
The former Coronation Street actress, who is one of five celebrities left in the competition, turned down the chance to attend the famous address – where Chancellor George Osborne was holding a Christmas party – due to her political beliefs.
According to the Mirror, the actress told friends that it would be hypocritical to go to the party when she does not agree with the Tories’ policies.
“Natalie needs the votes like everyone else on the show and this was a good chance for publicity,” a source told the paper.
“However she couldn’t compromise her views and support a political party she does not believe in.
“It meant that she and Artem got on with their training instead so hopefully the extra hours will pay off,” the insider added. “They have a salsa routine with 14 spins that is particularly tricky.
A BBC spokesperson added: “Unfortunately Natalie had a fixed choreography session which meant she missed out on the Downing Street Christmas Party.
“She was disappointed not to have met the amazing kids at the event.
The semi-finalists – who also include Susanna Reid, Patrick Robinson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Abbey Clancy – will make their bid for next weekend’s final with two routines on Saturday night’s Strictly.
The action kicks off on BBC One at 6.40pm.