After Simon Hughes lost his seat in the general election, the Liberal Democrat stalwart went from Justice Minister to unemployed overnight. Happily the former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats has since managed to find work, recently being appointed to cover maternity leave for the Open University’s head of public affairs Laura Burley.
However, Mr S understands that Hughes’ new role is the cause of much amusement in the Commons. Parliamentary staffers report receiving calls from Hughes — who built a reputation over the years for being one of the Commons’ more sanctimonious figures — asking if MPs will be attending events relating to the Open University.
‘We usually receive these calls firming up RSVPs for events from young interns so I was surprised to say the least to speak to a former Minister,’ one staffer whispers.