Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.
Pick of the best gossip from Westminster.
Asked if the cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry could join the fun, the DMA’s general secretary, Dave Hopper, replied: “We’ve got nee problem with him. It’s the Labour f***ers we never see that I object to.”
The Prime Minister’s closest circle accuses his wannabe successor of dyeing his hair.
The North Somerset MP’s wife calls his phone “Teddy” – he takes it to bed with him.
Money raised goes into a “fightback” fund – although the flattened Lib Dems will need more than the odd jumble sale to rise, Lazarus-like, from the dead.
Boris, of course, needs votes to appear on the ballot when Tory members come to pick a new leader. Putting their backs up is dangerous.
The Tory dirty tricks department is preparing an onslaught in case Burnham is crowned leader.
Plus: Ashcroft's marketing quandries and a Dennis Skinner raiding party.
Chris Williamson will be much missed by some in Palace of Westminster.
What does the Downing Street cat reveal about the general election?
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