Maybe stick to the day job, Lorely?

From the Huffington Post:

A Liberal Democrat MP wore a Nigel Farage mask at the party’s conference as she mocked the Ukip leader’s penchant for beer.

Just before Nick Clegg’s appearance, Lorely Burt also mocked a former-Ukip councillor’s claim that this winter’s floods had been brought on by the introduction of gay marriage.

This was not, shall we say, the funniest thing we have ever seen. It wouldn’t, to be honest, have been funny even at the traditional end of Conference late night sing-a-long the Glee Club.

To be fair, though, after an inauspicious start, Lorely went on to make a serious speech, echoing how bad for business it would be should UKIP get their way.

The HP site has video of the whole thing, but it is a minute of your life you won’t get back.

Lorely is a great constituency MP, and a real expert on business. She can maybe add good sport to that, but she should definitely stick to the day job in future.


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  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 9th Mar '14 - 10:26pm

    Gareth, could you go into more detail about the criteria, please? If the bar is Simon being fabulous and the Huppertmeister presaging the Digital Bill of Rights motion with Every Breath you take, I start to get it, but maybe you could be more explicit;-).

  • Who is it that persuades MPs that this sort of thing is a good idea? I expect I am not the oly one cringing at the memory of Sarah Teather at an earlier conference. If we want jokes there are plenty of good comedians available.
    MPs should all stick to the day job. I realise that is more difficult when only 10% of the population want to have anything to do with you and the party leadership has become the joke. But if the voters wanted comedians then the panel from Mock the Week would be running the country.

  • peter tyzack 11th Mar '14 - 11:50am

    why don’t we search out one of the professional stand-ups to do something of this sort as a warm-up to each afternoon’s session..

  • Ian Sanderson, I agree.
    President Tim is a unique talent and has personal and political skills go far beyond most of his colleagues. Some would suggest he would make an excellent leader for the Liberal Democrats. I would not be unhappy with that myself although I could name half a dozen of our MPs who I would be happier leading the party that the current joker.

    Peter Tyzack, good idea. But ai am not sure ithat the state of our party finances would cover the fee without selling a few more peerages.

  • Steve Griffiths 11th Mar '14 - 1:27pm

    Peter Tyzack

    That can be risky; have you forgotten Kenny Everett at the Tory Party pre-election rally in 1983?

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