Billy No Mates
Posted Wednesday, 18 July 2007 at 11:56
How I would love to repeat the tea room gossip on my blog, however, if I did, I would become ‘Billy no mates’ over night. We all understand that tea room rules apply.
Yesterday was a particualy juicy day. More to do with the fact that it was also the Queen's garden party and lots of MPs attend. They all rolled into the tea room (I wasn’t invited this year!) some still in their coats and tails looking for all the world like the Queen's chauffeur, all in good spirits full of palace tit bits and many a faux pas. I am not the only one who is accident prone it would appear!
The day got worse however as one of my nightmare scenarios unfolded.
I was supposed to be presenting awards at Robert Bloomfield School in Shefford last night. News of Lords' amendments to a Bill began to filter through and I realised my timing to get back to the constituency was getting tighter and tighter.
I telephoned the Whip in charge of such matters, and explained my situation and where I was supposed to be, at length, hoping he would say that I could be slipped from the vote and get the train back to Bedfordshire. His reply was, “ Nadine, you will be at the vote tonight, not being there is not an option, your parliamentary duties must come first.”
I responded with a “so that’s a no then?” and realised I was talking to a dialling tone.
Still completely stressed out, I kept running in and out of the Chamber trying to work out how many more people were going to speak, were the government going to be difficult and spin the section of business out for the full three hours, would I just be able to make it?
Of course, I didn’t and had to depend on the Head Teacher, Adrian, giving my apologies and explaining why I couldn’t attend and had to let everyone down.
He apparently gave a lovely little chat about my tractor incident, thanks Adrian! Can’t wait to see you again!
As with all stories, every cloud has a silver lining and the late vote meant that I could attend the 2005 in-take thank you dinner for Michael Howard which began at 9pm.
Daniel Kawczynski and Stephen Crabb are two of the nicest MPs in our in-take. The thank you dinner for Michael Howard was their idea, they organised it all, because that’s the kind of decent chaps they are.
I was very lucky to be sat next to Michael and gave the vote of thanks, following a thoughtful and funny speech by Daniel and then the presentation of a framed photograph of the 2005 in-take on our first day by Stephen.
Michael Gove MP then stood up and gave me a very funny impromptu vote of thanks, for my vote of thanks. Remember what I said recently about whenever I am with the 2005 in-take how they tease me, I rest my case!
Responded: Wednesday, 18 July 2007
If you were a miserable bugger they wouldn't bother. it says a great deal about the kind of person you are that they feel they can.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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