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And people thought David Cameron meeting Jean-Claude Juncker would be awkward...

The perils of sitting down

Be honest. Who here among us hasn't, at some point, sat on a new member of the Cabinet?

George Eustice just caused an uproar in the chamber by doing exactly that.

To be fair to the Farming Minister, it wasn't really his fault. Standing up to take a question, Mr Eustice was outmaneuvered by new Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who shuffled into his seat while his back was turned. As he sat down, without taking a look behind him, he parked himself firmly on Ms Truss' knee, as our world exclusive, hi-tech Dot Commons reconstruction reveals:

 

 

"I hope the health of the secretary of state is unimpaired," Speaker Bercow offered.

Philip Davies had the best quip though: "That's one way of ingratiating yourself with a new secretary of state."

‚ÄčKick an ex-minster while he's down

He might have been known as the Coalition's brainiest minister, but that didn't help David Willetts hang on to his job yesterday. Rather 'Two Brains' was replaced as minister for universities and science by Greg Clark.

And then... there was further bad news for Willetts as top BBC quiz show Pointless revealed that no-one knew who he was anyway.

Talk about kicking a man while he's down....


Who's watching Michael Gove on TV?

Michael Gove has been moved to Chief Whip as part of David Cameron’s reshuffle. The Prime Minister said this morning that Mr Gove would have "an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews" and Number 10 has told journalists to expect "a great deal" of him on TV and radio. But how has the news gone down with voters?

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.