Running order for PMQs today. Watch out for no. 8, Karen Lumley. She has genuinely purple hair (well, blond with chunks of proper punky purple… apparently she dyed it to match her dress on her wedding anniversary and liked it so much she decided to keep it. I’m quite envious*).
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):  If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 26 January.
Ian Mearns (Gateshead):
Alok Sharma (Reading West):
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):
Elizabeth Truss (South West Norfolk):
Graeme Morrice (Livingston):
Mr Don Foster (Bath):
Karen Lumley (Redditch):
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):
Kris Hopkins (Keighley):
Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty):
Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire):
Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth):
Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East):


* I should clarify – not envious of her actual hairstyle, but I kind of regret being a bit timid on the “adventurous” hairstyle front when I was younger, unlike most of my mates. (I had a job, they didn’t). And now it’s too late…. or is it?!

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  • Steven Smith  On January 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    So you’ve given us a list of the running order for PMQ’s. Not a hint of a mention of any polices, content, issues impacting on your constituents or the rest of the country. Nothing more than a comment on one MP’s appearance (and speculation regarding your own).

    Hairstyles are far more important than the situation in Egypt, discrimination, homelessness, unemployment and how to deal with Labour’s deficit.

    Keep up the good work Kerry, I’m sure you’ll get countless awards for such insightful, articulate blogging highlighting the key issues of the day. No doubt you’ll be complaining next week of all the attention paid to the appearance of female politicians rather than their policies.

    • woodsy  On January 29, 2011 at 9:46 am


      Q: What’s wrong with drawing attention to the more colourful characters in politics?

      A: Nothing.

      There’s plenty of coverage of the issues you raise, but politics in general is covered in a way that’s grey, dull and uninteresting, like the attire, attitudes and utterances of most politicians.

  • Steven Smith  On January 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Actually plenty of thing that happen in Parliament don’t get anywhere near enough coverage in the media so I’d disagree there. Bloggers should be covering the importnat issues ignored by the media ideally..

    My point is that it’s a stereotypical feminist complaint that some people (usually women but dont’ mention that) make too much of an issue of the appearance of female politicians rather than taking about issues, policies or their work. I find it ironic that Kerry is contributing to this situation here.

    I really couldn’t’ care less what politicians looked like and what colour their hair is this week. TBH I find that some people with extravagant hair styles tend to be the most boring and shallow people around. Yes politics is covered in a boring way sometimes but this post too is boring in its triviality so even worse really.

    • kerrymccarthy  On February 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Been too busy to blog the past week or more – one of the problems with blogging is that the more that’s happening (and therefore the more there potentially is to blog about) the less time there is to blog. However, Steven, in response to your comment I’d simply say – there are easily 1000+ posts on this blog. I’m pretty sure you will find plenty of substance alongside the trivial if you make a bit more effort.


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