It’s been a mixed day for two of the pushiest MPs of the 2010 intake. Widely tipped for great things (usually by himself), Tory Matt Hancock has climbed another step of the ladder by becoming a minister of state. The former Osborne apparatchik has been appointed Minister for Enterprise, which may reflect his enterprising spirit. Asked recently where he got his ghastly watch (pictured above), Hancock replied: ‘from a pawn shop’. How very ‘in touch’.
No such luck for Hancock’s ambitious equivalent on the Labour benches. Stella Creasy was expected to be promoted to the Shadow Cabinet. Some of her colleagues will be celebrating the fact she has missed out: a group of seasoned Labour MPs have nicknamed her ‘Stella Greasy’ for her less than subtle promotion efforts; Mr Steerpike is not sure whether that is more or less beastly than ‘St. Ella’, their previous dig at her Goody Two-Shoes image. Disappointing for Creasy; but perhaps missing out on a slot in Ed’s top-team will look like a blessing in disguise, come 2015.Tags: Autumn reshuffle 2013, Matt Hancock, Stella Creasy