Eric Pickles apologises for John Prescott bulimia joke

The Independent website has the Press Association’s story:

A Tory frontbencher was forced to apologise today after expressing pride that he might have contributed to John Prescott’s bulimia.

Shadow local government secretary Eric Pickles admitted he had been “silly” to mock the former Deputy Prime Minister’s condition at a party fringe event last night.

Mr Pickles told the audience in Birmingham that he could sometimes be a “complete b**tard” to political opponents.

“When old Prescott came out as bulimic I thought, ‘I wonder if I’ve added to that’,” he said.

“I thought for a while, and I thought: ‘Good’.”

The joke was greeted with laughter at the meeting last night.

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in News.


  • Thomas Hemsley 1st Oct '08 - 10:06pm

    I may be the only one but I was disappointed at media treatment of Prescott after he admitted bulimia. I thought it was horrible.

  • I’m certainly not a Prescott fan, but I think Thomas is right about this. It was really dismal.

    I’m not sure I’d object to joking about it, all the same – but I don’t really see how this is a joke… Maybe you had to be there, but it reads as though he meant it, more or less – which is more sad than anything.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Joe Bourke
    Matt, the HGV driver shortage appear to be easing
  • Joe Bourke
    I agree that job guarantees for long-term unemployed are a useful supplement to the social safety net (as is a guaranteed minimum income), but do not think we ...
  • Nonconformistradical
    @John Marriott I don't have an agenda. Perhaps you have the agenda - of making out that a - let's call it significant - number of young men trying to cross the...
  • Matt Wardman
    I guess there are two obvious questions. 1 - How do you propose stopping our enemies producing thousands of said drones? 2 - How will we defend ourselves if...
  • Suzanne Fletcher
    Lib Dem policy on such started with “Safe and Legal Routes” in 2015, and earlier...