7 times politicians did the unexpected outside politics

Alex Salmond at Princeton

With Alex Salmond set to appear in the fringe festival this summer –seriously– here’s a list of the times politicians did the unexpected outside politics.

1. Alex Salmond

Yes, you read that right. The former SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, who lost his seat in last month’s Conservative swell in support is going to be hosting his own show in Edinburgh’s fringe festival in August, according to the National.

He told the paper that:

“Among the invited guests there is already plenty of excitement and quite a few surprises. I suspect some people might be taken aback at the range of friends whom I invite along. I can confirm that the President of the United States will not be appearing in person but he may well feature in quite a few of the stories I tell about recent political events.”

2. Brian Paddick

Former police officer and former Mayor of London candidate for the Lib Dems went on to appear in ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Here’ in 2008.

He did not win, but according to the Telegraph he said:

“For a long time I've been doing serious stuff. Thirty years in the police and running for mayor. It's all bad news that they want me to comment on. So I thought why not come and do something trivial.”

3. Nadine Dorries

The current Conservative MP also appeared on “I’m a Celebrity”, however, the appearance caused her to have the Tory whip withdrawn, according to the BBC.

She was later allowed to return to represent the party.

4. George Galloway

Back in 2006, George Galloway, who was a Respect MP at the time, made an appearance on Big Brother, according to the Guardian.

His time on the show will be remembered for the infamous cat imitation.

Need we say more.

5. Ed Balls

After losing his seat in the 2015 general election, the former Shadow Chancellor went on to appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which he did not win.

6. Michael Portillo

The former Conservative minister, and one time future leader, left politics in 2005, but went on to build a successful career in television, specifically in shows to do with rail travel.

Imagine if Salmond's fringe appearance turns into something on the scale of Portillo's successful television career. Alex Salmond...Live at the Apollo?

7. Lembit Opik

Finally, according to the Telegraph, the former Lib Dem MP appeared on “I’m a Celebrity”, but was knocked out early on.

Bonus: Nigel Farage…one day?

Nigel Farage has not appeared in I’m a Celebrity, but the Telegraph has reported that he refused an alleged three quarters of a million for appearing on the show.