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Oona King on ice

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-12-26

Oona King

Oona King

Former MP Oona King is set to become the latest politician to test the waters of celebrity reality TV when she joins the line-up of ITV's skating show Dancing On Ice next month.  

King, who previously represented Bethnal Green and Bow and was honoured as Baroness King Of Bow, is part of a line-up which also includes American actress Pamela Anderson, TV presenter Anthea Turner, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie.  

Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward and TV veteran Keith Chegwin will also be among those hoping to outskate King when the series returns to screens.  

The 45-year-old will partner professional skater Mark Hanretty on the programme, which sees celebrities aiming to hone their skating skills in a bid to be crowned series champion.  

And although she remained coy about her chances, she did admit she had 'barely fallen over at all' during training - suggesting she could be one to watch when the show kicks off.  

King, who hails from Yorkshire and is of mixed race descent, is the daughter of Jewish social activist Murreil Sterns, and is the niece of agony aunt Miriam Stoppard.

She identifies herself as being 'multi-ethnic', and in 1997 became only the second black woman, after Diane Abbott, to be elected an MP.  

Viewers can see how she fares when Dancing On Ice kicks off on ITV1 on January 6 at 6.15pm.