Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
21 February 2014

Watch: Philip Hammond confuses Liz Kendall with Rachel Reeves on Question Time

"I know we all look the same," said Kendall after being repeatedly mistaken for her shadow cabinet colleague.

By George Eaton

Last night’s Question Time was not one Philip Hammond will want to remember. Up against Labour’s shadow care minister Liz Kendall, the defence secretary mistakenly adressed her as “Rachel”, confusing her with her colleague Rachel Reeves. “I know we all look the same,” quipped Kendall in response, a knowing reference to the Tories’ woman problem.

Hammond went on to compound this error by referring to her twice more as “Rachel” later on in the programme (“It’s Liz!”, an exasperated Kendall protested). But whether you’re sharing a platform with her or not, Liz Kendall is a name to remember. After impressing in her current brief, she’s a good bet for promotion in the final pre-election Labour reshuffle.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy