Skating a struggle for Oona

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SHEFFIELD-born politician Oona King has admitted she is finding training hard for the forthcoming Dancing On Ice series.

The House of Lords member has been paired with Sheffield skating coach Mark Hanretty for the hit ITV ice dancing show, which returns to the channel on Sunday at 6.15pm.

But Baroness King said: “I’ve got to admit training could be a bit better, but I’m hoping that’s true for everyone else too.”

And bookies have also tipped the 45-year-old mother-of-three to struggle.

She is the outsider to be top woman of the show, at 20/1 with bookmaker William Hill, and a 33/1 shot to win the competition outright, ahead of only TV presenter Keith Chegwin, at 40/1.

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, who won bronze in the uneven bars at the London 2012 Games, is the favourite for the title, at 2/1, ahead of EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas, who played Anthony Moon.

Other Dancing on Ice contestants include TV presenter Anthea Turner, actress Pamela Anderson, singer Shayne Ward and comedian Joe Pasquale.