Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

It's the Ed's Factor!

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

It's the Ed's Factor!

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Wannabe girls in blue have a redoubtable champion in Harriet Harperson. Labour's deputy sheriff is, I hear, arguing that the party adopt women-only shortlists to guarantee half its truncheon-wavers in next November's cop commissioner identity parades are WPCs, or Women Police Candidates. Labour opposed creating the [euro]120,000-a-year ranks in England and Wales, but will now stand for the posts. The whisper is that several MPs, those facing redundancy in the parliamentary boundary butchery in particular, fancy their own chances. Juliet Bravo, Cagney and Lacey, Jane Tennison ... Hazel Blears?

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To the Selly Oak constituency of Steve McCabe, the steely Scot and adopted Brummie. The auction of a bottle of House of Commons malt raised [euro]75 for local party funds. Lord (Peter) Snape, the MC, pointed out the whisky was signed by the Eds--Miliband and Balls--Rachel Reeves and Chuka Umunna. "You will be able to say in the future," Snape declared, "that this bottle was signed by a Labour prime minister." Perhaps, but which of the four?

Paper tosser Oliver Letwin's dumping of correspondence in the bins of St James's Park may not be as unusual as it first appeared. A Treasury snout recalled how, when Ken Clarke was chancellor, a senior spin mistress used to collect sensitive documents in a black bin bag and chuck them into the Thames from Westminster Bridge. That was a truly rubbish method--particularly on the occasion when an air-filled sack floated off down the river. …

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