Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on the Parliamentary Voting and Constituencies Bill found Jack Straw on fine form. In what was one of his final performances at the despatch box the man presently styled as “Shadow Deputy Prime Minister” has clearly checked out.

While accepting an intervention it was  unclear whether he was giving way to Daniel Kawczynski or Edward Leigh. When Leigh asked Straw “Which one?” the Rt. Hon member for Blackburn replied:

“The tall one!”

A few minutes later he accepted Leigh’s intervention by saying:

“I’ll take the shorter one now.”

He subsequently went on to refer to David Davis as the

“Right Honourable member for Haltemprice and … and … the other place”

Jack, you will be missed.

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