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Books in brief: Order, ‘Order! The Rise and Fall of Political Drinking’ by Ben Wright

"Pre-Reform Act elections were week-long boozy carnivals where candidates poured beer down voters’ throats."

By Ian Irvine   August 2016

41y-I5rKxOL._AC_UL320_SR208,320_Order, Order! The Rise and Fall of Political Drinking by Ben Wright (Duckworth Overlook, £16.99)

Across the road from Prospect’s office in Westminster is a pub, The Two Chairmen. Ben Wright’s entertaining book identifies it as one of the premier plotting pubs in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster. Menzies Campbell’s downfall as Liberal Democratic leader was planned in its upstairs room by Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne in 2007; here Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s hitman, would whack the PM’s enemies by dropping poisonous gossip in the ears of journalists. For as…

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