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Saturday 20th July 2019

Great British Bake Off reveals first celebrity baker

Well, this is unexpected!

We're still half-way through the normal Great British Bake Off but already bosses have turned their attention to the upcoming celebrity version.

And the first big name to reportedly sign up for the Stand Up To Cancer charity special is certainly unexpected!

According to The Sun, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will be rolling up her sleeves and hoping she avoids that dreaded soggy bottom.

Ruth's baking for charity! (Credit: Euan Cherry/

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Ruth, 38, has already proven herself to be a Bake Off fan, having previously appeared on its spinoff show An Extra Slice.

No doubt that means she's rather well aware of just how high Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith's standards are!

Can Ruth impress Prue? (Credit: Channel 4)

A source told The Sun that Ruth will enter the famed white tent for the Bake Off charity special next year.

Channel 4 declined to comment - clearly they're not ready to spill the baking beans!

If true, she's not the first politician to swap public duties for a day of baking: Ed Balls took part in the Sports Relief Bake Off, as did David Cameron's wife Samantha and Gordon Brown's wife Sarah.

Ed Balls took part in a Bake Off charity special as well (Credit: Rocky/

Other famous faces linked to the Bake Off celebrity special so far include Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing and model Lottie Moss aka Kate's little sister.

But we'll have to wait until next year before Bake Off bosses at Channel 4 confirm the contestants.

Grr, spoilsports!

Let's hope Ruth's baking doesn't leave Sandi looking like this! (Credit: Channel 4)

Bake Off, as we all know, moved from BBC to Channel 4 this year in a big money deal.

While original judge Paul stayed with the show, Mary Berry chose to leave, paving the way for Prue Leith to come in.

Likewise, hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins bowed out, allowing Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding to give it a go.

Mary, Mel and Sue left Bake Off (Credit: BBC/Wenn)

They told me I was far too old and if I fell over I would break something – and then I thought they were probably right.

Meanwhile, in other Bake Off news, new judge Prue recently claimed she's been BANNED from taking part in Dancing on Ice.

But rather than Bake Off bosses being behind that decision, the 77-year-old told the Daily Star it was her own advisers!

"I thought it’d be the perfect way to get fit, lose a lot of weight and learn a new skill," she said.

"I was actually quite excited, but my team said, 'Absolutely not'. They told me I was far too old and if I fell over I would break something – and then I thought they were probably right."

Never mind, Prue!