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Labour minister hires 'eco Bank Holiday' proponent

Labour’s Maria Eagle has brought in a man who once proposed an ‘eco Bank Holiday’ as her new adviser.

The Shadow Environment Secretary hired former Greenpeace employee and Fabian Society researcher Natan Doron, much to the chagrin of the Conservatives.

Describing him as an admirer of French economist Thomas Piketty a proponent of “wacky ideas”, the Tories use a press release to highlight his green Bank Holiday proposal which would see Brits given a day off in the middle of the week to celebrate community environment projects.

A figure very much on Labour’s left, Doron co-authored a report entitled ‘No Right Turn’ which urged the Party to stick to Miliband’s broadly left-of-centre ideals and won favour with Guardian columnist Owen Jones.

Judging by his most recent tweets, Doron is certainly a fan of Ed Miliband, describing the Labour leader’s career as “a series of hurdles with him underestimated before going on to triumph.” 

 

Clegg: The Movie set for Channel 4

JFK, Lincoln, Nixon... Clegg. 

The Deputy Prime Minister is set to follow the American Presidents and be immortalised on film.

Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader in Government.

Acclaimed playwright James Graham will pen Coalition, which will depict the negotiations and machination that dominated the early days of the Conservative-Lib Dem Government.

The blurb for the one-off TV show states: “In May 2010, after decades of single party rule and amidst growing disillusionment, all eyes turned to one man. A man who found himself with the power to change the landscape of British politics - and his career - forever. But at what cost?”

Predictably, politicians and general wags have been keen to tweet about the news, using #CleggTheMovie 

Among those touted for the role of Clegg were Sean Bean, Michael McFadyen and, um, Miranda Hart. 

 

 

Need a babysitter? Don't call Nigel

Would you leave your children in the care of a political leader?

Mumsnet has done a poll for LBC of 1,000 people with the following topline results on which politician they would trust to look after their offspring:

Nick Clegg 58%, David Cameron 46%, Ed Miliband 44% and Nigel Farage… 2%.

Exactly what it is about the lunchtime-drinking, cigarette-smoking bon vivant Ukip leader that does not appeal to babysitter seekers is unclear. However, both Farage and Miliband might feel a bit miffed about the results, given they fell behind the man who has left his own daughter at the pub. 

Boris gets cooking for a gouda cause

Taking another opportunity to get away from his duties as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has turned his hand to cookery.

Boris enthrals readers of a new charity cookbook with his recipe for that most complex of dishes, cheese on toast.

Putting some chutney under the slabs of cheese before grilling is the Mayor’s top tip set to transform the way you eat this snack forever.

Mr Johnson, who was immortalised in cheese spread by an Islington-based food artist in 2011 [yes, we’ve really invested in this story], advises readers to cook the snack until it gets “nice and scabby”.

At the time of the London Olympics - in response to Government plans to tell people to work from home to avoid traffic chaos during the event – the Mayor dubbed home-workers "bludgers" who did nothing but eat cheese from the fridge all day.

Could this venture be an attempt to placate this crucial voting bloc ahead of a Tory leadership run post-2015? Probably not.

Having a pop at Popat

After making remarks last week that put him at odds with the Conservative party, the government whip Lord Popat appeared to have mispoken in the House of Lords today by calling the HS3 rail line a "floating idea".

Lord Popat made the comments in response to a written question by Lord Holmes who asked a question about the high-speed line.

"We need to unlock the economic potential of our northern cities, the cities of the north are individually strong but collectively not strong enough and therefore the floating idea of the chancellor to have an HS3 was something welcomed but we have a lot of work to do on that."

Baroness Farrington was quick to call out Lord Popat on his minor gaffe:
"The noble lord the minister confused me a little by referring to a floating idea. In the north, we like straight yes or no. Is the government committed both the Department for Transport and the Chancellor and the whole Government to meeting the needs of the north, or could it float away again after the General Election?

This is not the first time the peer has mispoken in the chamber; last week he said exit from the EU was "not an option".