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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Pickles' Salad Days

Eric Pickles just can't help defying the odds. Literally.

Ladbrokes made the mistake in 2010 of taking bets on the Communities Secretary being snapped at a balti house. (He took a pic of himself and urged them to 'pay out!')

But today I can reveal photographic evidence that the bookies will have to shell out more dosh on their wild gamble this week that Uncle Eric wouldn't be seen dead eating a salad (they offered odds of 3/1 against*).

Eric had joked when he first saw the bet that he "wouldn't touch a salad with a bargepole", but last night he did indeed tuck in to a plate of green stuff in the Strada restaurant in the ICC.

I hear it's all part of the new Pickles diet: "no cheese, no chips, no seconds".

I think he should market that...

 

 

*FOOTNOTE: Fortunately for Ladbrokes the other bets haven't had to be paid out. They included:

 

Eric Pickles to be photographed on a morning jog with David Cameron - 66/1 
Eric Pickles to be photographed on a bike ride with Boris Johnson - 40/1
Eric Pickles to be photographed on a morning jog with any other member of the Cabinet - 33/1
Eric Pickles to be photographed taking a morning jog on his own - 15/1

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