Forget secret dining societies, last night the inhabitants of SW1 descended on the Westminster Park Plaza for the British Kebab Awards. The annual event saw the likes of Angela Rayner and outgoing Labour General-Secretary Iain McNicol join forces with Tory MPs Paul Scully and Rehman Chishti to take a break from Russian espionage in order to chow down on some meat and raise a glass to the British kebab industry.
The event’s host İbrahim Doğuş, a Labour candidate in the snap election, told the well-hydrated crowd: ‘In an otherwise darkened street, the kebab shop is the light that never goes out’. While there were some mentions of Brexit concerns, the event was not a partisan one. The judging panel was comprised of the likes of Labour’s Tracy Brabin and the Conservatives’ Nadhim Zahawi. Only Mr S did not spot Zahawi at the bash – perhaps – as with the Presidents’ Club dinner – the minister arrived at 8pm and left at 9.35pm.
However, the talk of the party wasn’t so much who was there but who was absent. Two years ago, Jeremy Corbyn headlined the event – presenting the greatest achievement award – but this year it seems he was too busy to even pen a message. The brochure used his words from 2017:
Oof. A skewering at the kebab awards for Jeremy Corbyn as he fails to literally update one number from last year's message pic.twitter.com/WL8zdaT2xD
— Andy Silvester (@silvesterldn) March 12, 2018
Happily, Theresa May stepped up to the plate:
Still, rumours swirl that there was at least one Corbyn at the bash – with one of the Labour leader’s sons putting in an appearance.