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.

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