End Game has recently returned from the Labour Party conference in Brighton, where Andy Burnham wasn’t the only former health secretary exercising the comrades.
Virginia Bottomley, who served as John Major’s health secretary during the 1990s, got a number of mentions. Current Richmond House incumbent Jeremy Hunt was variously described by angry delegates as the cousin, nephew and even son of Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone. Well, which is it?
Labour MP Keith Vaz, who was chairing the health debate/NHS love-in, was forced to intervene. Can we please refrain from referring to Mr Hunt as a relation of Ms Bottomley he pleaded, “because we don’t really know”.
And the source of this curious and confused rumour? Well, Mr Hunt did inherit her Surrey constituency in 2005.