Every Shrove Tuesday, in the shadow of Victoria Tower, a pancake race takes place between MPs, Lords and members of the press in aid of the charity Rehab. I’ve seen it before a couple of years ago, and it’s a fun thing to watch if you happen to be in town. I took Betsy and Arthur along and while Art slept, Betsy really enjoyed the atmosphere and watching everyone run right past her.
There’s a real hustle and bustle with quite a lot of media about and while the atmosphere is jovial and friendly, you can’t but notice the competitiveness seeping through in the teams (I’m looking at you, Stephen Pound).
Our local MP Nick de Bois started the race along with the BBC’s Robbie Gibb. De Bois almost knocked a woman over and then dropped his pancake giving the media team a good head start, but the Parliament team soon caught up in the final leg between Davis Amess MP and Ben Wright, but not quite enough and the media team won the race for the first time in three years.