Besht mates: Lord Ashcroft cosies up to Ed Balls

There’s nothing like a glass of champers to kindle the flame of bipartisanship.  By all accounts many were consumed at the Spectator Awards yesterday evening, where winners included Caroline Lucas (“newcomer”), Tom Watson (“inquisitor”) and Gisela Stuart (“Survivor of the Year”).

Here “Parliamentarian of the Year” Ed Balls receives congratulations from across the aisle:

With their past formScrapbook trusts this social encounter went better on dry land:

But at least they could still stand. A certain Bristolian MP was reportedly not feeling quite herself:

Remember: we’re all in this together!