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Pasty wars!

Pasty wars!

The humble pasty has become a political hot... well, pasty. Ever since the notorious #pastytax was mentioned by George Osborne in last week's Budget, politicos have been falling over themselves to praise the meaty treats.

Yesterday, in the Treasury Select Committee, Labour's John Mann grilled Mr Osborne over the #pastytax; the flustered Chancellor said he couldn't even remember the last time he'd had a pasty, leading to claims he was "out of touch".

Then at today's Olympic Games press conference, Dave upped the ante when he told reporters that he "loved a hot pasty", and then proceeded to remember rather wistfully the last time he had one.

Not to be trumped, Rachel Reeves tweeted minutes later that she, Ed Balls and Ed Miliband had tucked into a "delicious sausage roll" (don't snigger) - and there is video proof.

And then, to top it all off, Ed appeared for an interview in front of a Greggs store. It can't be long before we see an MP in a Greggs uniform puffing pastry.