Blair and Mandy Lay It on Thick For Chuka

The hand of Blair is on Chuka’s shoulder in George Parker’s feature for tomorrow’s FT Weekend magazine. “A close ally of the former Prime Minister” gives him a glowing reference, with Mandy also piling on the praise. Still no escaping that awkward Wikipedia-editing business though:

“So inevitable, indeed, that a Wikipedia entry apparently originating from the wannabe MP’s campaign team – but not written by him, he insists – helpfully drew attention to the “British Obama” way back in 2007, in case anyone might have missed them. When news of this Wiki-doctoring emerged this year, David Cameron taunted Umunna, the MP for Streatham, in the House of Commons: “Can we change our Wikipedia entry? Yes we can.” Umunna, 34, claims to hate the parallels – the construct of “lazy journalists”, he once said – and glowered at Cameron, disgust written across his face. He would not have seen it, but some of those laughing loudest were behind him on the Labour benches.”

Ouch. At least he is very, very sorry about calling Londoners trash:

“Of course it was a stupid thing to say. I wasn’t even a candidate at that point but I’m really sorry and regret what I said. I’ve never pretended to be a saint and to have never said stupid things in the past.”

Other gems include a young Chuka’s voice appearing on the theme tune to Mr Bean when he was a chorister at his local Cathedral and a special mention for a certain parody twitter account. And, for the avoidance of doubt, his name rhymes with cooker…




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