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New bar staff at the Rovers

If any MPs are hungover on the last day of Labour conference, we know who to blame.

Caroline Flint, Gloria de Piero and Angela Eagle were among the new bar staff at the Rovers Return last night, when half of the Labour party descended on Coronation Street.

Other guests at the Mirror party included the three Eds (Miliband, Balls and Izzard) and Lord Prezza.

But which one of them was spotted gamely hitting the dancefloor at midnight? They don't call him Ed 'snake hips' Balls for nothing, you know...

 

 

Ed footballsed journo in charity match

Ed Balls spilled blood, sweat, and tears on the football pitch this afternoon after he elbowed a journalist in the face during a charity football match.

The Shadow Chancellor engaged in a ferocious tackle with Rob Merrick, from the Northern Echo, and whacked him in the face, leaving the journalist needing ambulance treatment.

Playing in central midfield, Mr Merrick was pictured in a blood-soaked shirt, after being patched up by staff. He then shook the shadow chancellor’s hand, and both teams accepted the incident had been a bit of a balls-up.

“Ed is a very combative player, and there was no malice,” one lobby journalist said. 

The hacks then got their own back in the Manchester match, giving the Labour politicians the boot with a final score of 3-1. Maybe Ed could give Manchester United a boost while he's in the city after today's disastrous loss against Leicester...

Willie's Yes endorsement : Vote aye or die

It’s the celebrity endorsement the Yes campaign has been waiting weeks for.

Groundskeeper Willie has finally taken to the podium to voice his views on Scottish independence in a YouTube video.

Donned in his traditional kilt and a backdrop of a Saltire so blue it would make Ed Miliband weep with joy, Willie slams the current Scottish establishment as “those who enjoy crawling like worms beneath British boots”.

The Simpsons star notes the power of the country which is home to two-thirds of Europe’s oil reserves, says Scots make a “damn fine whisky, and we spell whisky right too!”

Stopping of short of weighing himself into the brawl over whether Scotland should keep the British pound, Willie praises the “grand tradition of William Wallace and Andy Murray”.

And, in a move likely to keep David Cameron awake for the week, he says Alex Salmond would be a “safe choice” and rips his shirt off to reveal a birthmark reading “Aye or Die!”, and encourages people to back “Scotland’s prodigal son, Groundskeeper Willie!”

He promises not to bow down to world leaders (as he doesn’t have a clue who they are), and is “not willing to learn”. The Scot’s years in America means he knows “how NOT to run a country”. The end of the US-UK relationship as we know it is upon us. Take that Obama.

Spice Up Your Life

Former Olympian athlete, one-time party leader, Companion of Honour: Sir Menzies Campbell is many things. But here's an exchange from yesterday's debate on the Middle East that threw up an unusual gem:

Stephen Barclay: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman suggesting that we should perhaps take money from DFID’s budget, which is often justified in terms of soft power? Last year, for example, it spent £4 million on a Spice Girl-style band in Ethiopia. Should we not be spending that sort of funding on serious diplomatic and intelligence capability?

Sir Menzies Campbell: I am something of a fan of the Spice Girls myself.

Hon. Members: Sporty Spice!

Madam Deputy Speaker (Mrs Eleanor Laing): Order.

In case Dot Commons readers were struggling to picture Sir Ming as one Mel C, we've helpfully provided a stunningly realistic artist's impression. You're welcome.

 


Calling a spade a spayed

Alec Shelbrooke has used the Commons debate on puppies and kittens as means of proving his ever-lasting loyalty to CCHQ.

“Our two dogs, Boris and Maggie, have a loyalty, a love, a calming nature through exercise and of course the comfort a dog can give you,” he said.

A certain Mayor of London might be flattered and encouraged by to know that he is so popular with a Tory MP. The joy was, however, likely short-lived as Shelbrooke went on to speak about behaviour issues:

“For the first and last time, Madame Deputy Speaker, I can stand in this House and say that Boris’ bad behaviour was improved immensely when I had him castrated.”

Now there's an idea...