More Than “A Storm in a Bedsheet”

There is no denying that Sally Bercow makes for hugely entertaining copy, but the odds against a challenge to her husband in the next year tightened last night. This morning’s papers were full of anonymous quotes from ministers In the Times there was one saying “There are limits but this goes too far. This is a fierce challenge to the dignity of Parliament. The sooner we are rid of the both of them, the better”. In the Mail another said the photo yesterday “brought Parliament into disrepute and was likely to hasten efforts to remove her husband as Speaker.”

The discontent is growing and coming from higher up the Tory ladder.

UPDATE: Another Tory backbencher comes forward describing the Bercow’s the “Marcoses of British politics.” Sally wasn’t too happy with on Radio 5 earlier.

Gloria Gives Chase

Their tension in the House has been noted previously. First it was those passionate gazes held for an extra second across the despatch box in hot and heavy Culture Media and Sport sessions, but it seems Gloria just can’t get enough of Ed Vaizey. While Ed was busy chatting up/to the somewhat hostile MumsNet crowd for their lunchtime web interview, his shadow just couldn’t stay away, wading in with her own questions:

Ed’s reply was short and firm.

Gabby Goes Favourite

Money is moving on who is set to replace Andy Coulson. Current press secretary Gabby Bertin has just gone favourite. The internal promotion would be a safe option. Does someone in Downing Street know something?

Totty Watch: Sexy Riot Chicks

With the yoof taking to the streets, it was only a matter of time before riot chic became the new look. Those sages at Vice Style have compiled some uprising suggestions:

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They can come and smash up Guido’s HQ anytime…

Meryl Thatcher

A dull and bloodless PMQs was livened up as Meryl Streep was spotted in the gallery getting tips for her upcoming film about Thatcher. Number 10 apparently organised the ticket, though Guido isn’t sure why given what has emerged so far about its content. For some reason Streep apparently plays a sad Baroness, looking back at her life with regret. Guido’s heart is bleeding already. Personally he reckons they should have stuck with Oliver Stone’s plan of casting Sienna Miller in the role for his biopic

Totty Watch : Berlusconi’s Jailbait Ruby

He is 74, she was a 17 year-old nightclub dancer who came to one of his parties last year, for which she says she was paid €7,000. Later, when Ruby was arrested, Berlusconi called the police and got her sprung.  Under Italian law sex with a prostitute under the age of 18 is a criminal offence. Ruby says they didn’t have sex, he says it is laughable and politically motivated left-wing prosecutors are trying to get him. Who to believe?

Totty Watch : Sophy Ridge Heading to Sky

All change in the Murdoch empire this morning as Guido learns that Sophy Ridge, the News of the World’s blonde bombshell, is to join Sky New’s political team as a replacement for Niall Paterson. Kay Burley better watch her back.

Her appointment will certainly make rolling news a little easier on the eye…

De Piero’s DCMS Ding-Dong

It was an unusually catty Department of Culture Media and Sport Questions in the House yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t just that an embarrassed looking Ivan Lewis showed up but, his fellow Shadow Minister Gloria de Piero was particularly feisty.

Given the brief closeness she once had with Ed Vaizey, who she now shadows, it must be tough coming to blows all the time…

Tatler’s Intriguing Top Tory Totty

It is seemingly slim pickings for a single girl in Westminster. Tatler’s annual list of London’s most Eligible Bachelors 2010 is out. In the top ten we have one Christopher Myers, presumably going for the lifetime achievement award, and our […]

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Woolas Staffer Eyes Oldham

Guido is hearing rumours that the bun-fight has already begun to be the Labour candidate in the Oldham by-election and soundings are well underway. One well-placed-red says Shona Woodfine, who has been Phil’s long-suffering bag-carrier, is positively gagging for the […]

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Totty Watch: You Spoil Us Ambassador

Meet Tamara Mellon, who flew on the plane to China as one of the PM’s newly appointed Business Ambassadors:

Ms. Mellon will certainly be an asset to the PM on his visit to China, certainly an improvement on Digby […]

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Exclusive: Dave’s Stylist Goes from CCHQ to the Civil Service

Before this May’s general election CCHQ’s Anna-Maren Ashford was the “Head of Brand Communications” and is credited with styling “Brand Dave”. The former advertising executive was brought in by Steve Hilton from Young & Rubicam to kick out the old […]

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