Top Totty banned from Commons - new details
Labour's Kate Green won the fastest campaign ever today by getting a beer called Top Totty banned from the Commons.
She stood up at 12 to protest at finding the sexist ale on sale in Parliament’s Strangers Bar. By 2pm it was withdrawn from sale.
Amusingly, I gather there was a rush to buy it in the intervening hours - mainly, one should add, from members of the Press Gallery.
I gather that at least half a barrel is left over, which begs the question who will sup it.
A picture of a bunny girl in a bikini featured on the pump alongside the name, which even readers over 80 will guess is slang for an attractive young woman.
Demanding a debate, Green said: “I was disturbed last night to learn that the guest beer in the Stranger’s Bar is called Top Totty and there is a picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap.”
Embarrassingly, I can reveal that the woman who modelled the provocative picture visited the bar yesterday with the brewery’s boss to savour their success in being chosen as a guest beer.
A Commons spokesman said later this afternoon: “We have withdrawn it from sale today. I do not think there is very much left.”
Strangers Bar - aka The Kremlin - has a different guest beer each week. Top Totty is brewed by Slaters in Stafford and was nominated to be a guest beer by the town’s Conservative MP Jeremy Lefroy.
Astonishingly, nobody seemed to realise that it might be controversial.
UPDATE -- #TopTotty is now trending on Twitter. Slater's Brewery must be be delighted with the plug.
UPDATE#2 The model is a brunette, I have been told. The blonde hair was added later
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