At least one Tory gets to have his cake and eat it

Written by James Millar on 8 June 2018 in Diary

Jeremy Hunt celebrates record tenure as Health Secretary with unhealthy treat

The Conservatives have been arguing over so-called 'cakeism' ever since Boris Johnson suggested the UK could have its cake and eat it in Brexit negotiations with the EU.

But Jeremy Hunt had a cake and then ate it at a swanky dinner to mark his record-breaking stint as Health Secretary. After clocking up five years and 275 days in the post and overseeing a string of winter crises, rising waiting times and an all out strike by doctors bizarrely he's become the UK's longest service health secretary. This week he scooted past fellow Tory Norman Fowler and father of the NHS Aneurin Bevan to top the league table of long-standing secretaries of state.

David Cameron, who famously claimed "We're all in this together" when introducing austerity measures to the UK, popped along to Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill in Piccadilly where guests pay £140 for just 10 grams of caviar for a dinner in Hunt's honour. The climax of the meal was a cake iced with the motto “Five reshuffles, four shadows, three governments, two prime ministers, one secretary of state.”

Having eaten the cake he of course no longer had it.

Meanwhile in other cabinet-ministers-eating-unhealthily news Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss was introduced to the Middlesborough delicacy that is a 'parmo' on a visit to the north east. Tory mayor of Teesside Ben Houchen treated Truss to the meal that consists of a deep fried breaded chicken or pork fillet served with chips and smothered with toppings including cheese and cream sauce.

Truss claimed to have such a fan of the dish that she's asked Houchen to provide more for the entire Treasury team.




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