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Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls uses Haverhill diner as a filming location for The One Show

Former Labour Government Minister and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ed Balls was in a Haverhill restaurant last weekend to film for the BBC One programme, The One Show.

Mr Balls, who in 2016 got to week 10 in Strictly, during which time he became famous for his 'Gangnam Style' dance routine, spent more than three hours with a film crew inside Route 66 on Saturday morning.

The diner's owner, Sam Clark, said Mr Balls interviewed a few Americans about their views on the upcoming US Presidential election for inclusion in a three-part series about the election that Mr Balls is doing for the One Show.

Ed Balls filming for the The One Show at Route 66. Submitted picture
Ed Balls filming for the The One Show at Route 66. Submitted picture

The One Show, said Sam, was looking for an American style diner for a filming location so gave him a call.

The diner, which has been open for six-and-a-half years, has been used as a filming location before, said Sam, most notably for the Channel 4 programme, The Undateables, so was already familiar to the production company.

Sam joked: "I was going to put Gangnam Style on when he came in, but i thought I had better not."

He added: "He interviewed very well. He was very good at coaxing the information out of people that he wanted."

The One Show is broadcast each night, from Monday to Friday, at 7pm on BBC One and the US election feature involving Ed Balls is due to be shown this week.

Mr Balls was Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families when Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and after Labour lost the 2010 general election went on to serve on the Shadow Cabinet as Home Secretary andChancellor of the Exchequer.

In the 2015 general election he surprisingly lost his seat as MP for Morley and Outwood to Conservative candidate Andrea Jenkyns.

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