Iain Duncan Smith is set to take the airwaves by storm, as he guest hosts Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show.

Yes, you heard that right, the newly re-elected MP for Chingford and Woodford Green will take over the BBC radio show, which regularly attracts more than 7 million listeners, for two hours each day next week.

Far from reeling from the shock of his narrow general election victory - when Labour threatened to oust the Tory heavyweight - the former Conservative leader is thrusting himself in the limelight. 

He will cover the big news stories of the day, as well as taking calls from the public and playing music.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has begun his five day stint today.

The Radio 2 A-List currently includes songs by Ariana Grande, Muse, Elbow and many other popular singers. 

The record of the week is by Liam Gallagher.

That means Mr Duncan Smith could find himself introducing songs by Sheryl Crow and Niall Horan.

Commentators on social media have reacted with shock at the surprising decision.

Head of Radio 2 Lewis Carnie said: "I am delighted that Ed Miliband and Iain Duncan Smith will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show.

"Both have held crucial roles in political life and will bring unique perspectives and insight to the programme, in the heart of the daytime schedule."