Sheffield-born politician taking to the ice

Baroness Oona King and dance partner Mark Hanretty.
Baroness Oona King and dance partner Mark Hanretty.
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A SHEFFIELD-BORN member of the House of Lords is preparing for the latest series of Dancing on Ice.

Baroness Oona King will be joining celebrities such as actress Pamela Anderson and Sheffield-trained Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell in the latest series of the ITV1 ice dance show, which starts on Sunday, January 6.

Baroness King, who has been partnered with Sheffield skating coach Mark Hanretty, said: “I’m fairly fearless and I’m not scared of things so think that might help me.

“I have no strategy. I just want to try and stay upright, I plan to learn as much as I can. As a politician we have plans and strategies, but I can’t plan for this.”