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Grayling brought to book

Chris Grayling is appearing before the Justice Committee as we speak, and his band of not-so-adoring fans has followed him in.

As you can see (sort of) from the picture above, protestors against the ban on people sending books to prisoners have brought along their copies of Crime & Punishment to the hearing.

MPs gear up for the Tour

Keen to capitalise on the goodwill generated by the Tour de France starting on these shores this weekend, MPs have been particpating in the #wattbikechallenge.

British Cycling coaches Alison Lilley and Nigel Hampton have been challenging MPs to see how far they can get on an exercise bike in 30 seconds.

Liberal Democrat Ian Swales MP looked red in the face as he managed a credible 411m.

But on the last day of competition, Conservative MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer was in the lead, having made it to 482m. 

Away from Westminster, Nick Clegg was in his element when he met children at Ireland Wood School in Leeds who were preparing for the start of the Tour.

Jamie Reed's next career move? Exorcist

Many MPs struggle to figure out what to do with themselves after they leave office, but Jamie Reed has his future all mapped out.

The Labour MP for Copeland told his 14,000 Twitter followers, this afternoon:

It's not clear what prompted the celebrated social media user to make the bizarre comment.

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Hardworking horror stories

Things that are now for hardworking families:

-          Budgets

-          Any policy announcement, regardless of whether they are related to families or hard work

-          Reshuffles

-          Beer and bingo tax cuts

-          And, as of today, filling in potholes

Well, it was only a matter of time before roads got caught up in the hyphen-less black hole of political slogans.

David Cameron, doing his best Grant Shapps impression, said:

“This is important because it damages people’s cars, motorbikes and cycles on their way to work. Mending potholes is good for hardworking families.”

Cameron's journey through the past

There is a flurry of projects springing up to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. One such idea is the ‘Letter to an Unknown Soldier’, which invites people to write to one of the soldiers fighting for Britain in the Great War.

David Cameron has just published his contribution, paying tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who served.

“One hundred years from now your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will enjoy a peace in Europe and a quality of life that is almost unimaginable,” he writes.

Read it in full here