With Parliament returning on Monday, I thought I’d take this opportunity to delve into what MPs get up to outside the Commons. Here’s what a couple of them did during their 6-week summer recess.
Let’s start with the Prime Minister. After just a couple of weeks in office May and her husband decided to go on a walking holiday in Switzerland (Don’t they look happy!). However, the press was quick to notice that the Mays had chosen a politically-neutral country for their trip. Seems to me like they wanted to go somewhere where they could forget all about the word ‘Brexit’.
The leader of the Opposition enjoyed no such holiday. While the Prime Minister was in Europe, Corbyn was travelling around the country holding events to promote his campaign to remain Labour leader. In the last week alone Corbyn has visited Stoke, Dundee, Glagow and Essex and it seems to be working; in recent polls he was found to have a huge lead over challenger Owen Smith.
It seems like the ex-Prime Minster is enjoying his new-found freedom. Family Cameron has been on 4 holidays since their emotional exit from Downing Street in June including to Cornwall and Corsica. He was spotted eating fish and chips in the former.
OK so technically he’s not a politician any more but this was too good to miss out. Former Education Secretary Ed Balls has swapped the Commons for the ballroom this month, taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Just think: If Labour had won the election last year that man in the sequins would be our Chancellor.
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