Get on down;Diary;News and opinion

26th November 1999 at 00:00
MUCH MORE fun to be had over on the Left where, the Diary learned,Margaret Hodge has been entertaining the troops with an outstanding turn at the Old Joanna - revealing her to be either a potential London mayor, or star of EastEnders.

Yes, strike a light, gor blimey guv, Margaret, a proud, born-and-bred Londoner (though sadly no Cockernee, despite her East End seat) tickled the ivories last week at one of the regular soirees hosted by that other classic entertainer, the speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd.

The former Tiller girl can't resist giving MPs and peers a chance to show off their hidden talents. Margaret's old education select committee pal, Nick St Aubin, apparently starred last time on (shudder) jazz sax.

A right old knees-up duly ensued as Margaret knocked out a host of favourites, including When the Saints go Marching in, Cockles and Mussels, You are my Sunshine and Pack up your Troubles .

This is a side to Margaret that the Diary never knew about, and hopes never to witness in person.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a TES/ TESS subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
 
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order today