Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • By-election headache for Cameron as Tory MP defects to Ukip

    • source icon
    • 13:51
  • Open Europe blog team | Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP: A Clacton by election could changethe general ...

    • source icon
    • 13:45
  • James Kirkup | All defecting MPs should, like Douglas Carswell, put their decision toa by-elect...

    • source icon
    • 13:37
  • Dan Hodges | Rotherham child abuse: the liberal Left is circling the wagons overthe race ques...

    • source icon
    • 12:57
  • Telegraph Opinion | Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip is a seismic shock to the British political...

    • source icon
    • 12:49
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

Dot Commons

Baldry the body donor

Baldry the body donor

MPs can be a cruel bunch.

“Do they want it?” was one response when Tony Baldry announced he was leaving his body to the Oxford University Anatomy Department in the Commons today.

Undeterred, Baldry explained:  "For various reasons – there’s quite a lot of it; I certainly think that any Member of Parliament who’s been here over 30 years, their liver is probably of some worth for anatomical examination. But most importantly, I want to make sure that when they open me up, they will find inscribed on my heart the words ‘keep the Horton General'.”

It’s great to see Baldry planning to give back to the Oxfordshire community, particularly after he took out so much recently, including several cars and a portable toilet when meeting with local constituents.