Jacqui Smith slammed for Strictly stint as NHS struggles with Covid: ‘Dereliction of duty'

“We are really excited that Jacqui has agreed to be in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

“To have one of our own UHB colleagues starring in one of the most-loved family shows on television is fantastic. We wish her and whoever is lucky enough to be her partner the very, very best of luck.”

However, he confirmed Jacqui would not be paid while she takes time away from her responsibilities. 

He added: “While Jacqui will still be available for advice, she will take unpaid leave from October 1 while she remains in Strictly. Deputy Chair Harry Reilly will step in during Jacqui’s absence.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7:25pm on BBC One.

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