Constitutional academic, and one time tutor to David Cameron, Vernon Bogdanor launched his new book at the offices of the IPPR think tank yesterday. To thank him for his troubles, light-fingered policy wonks relieved the author of several copies of The Coalition and the Constitution without paying for them.

The debacle led to the following email pleading with esteemed guests for return of the £20 hardbacks:

Thank you very much for attending what was a fantastic launch of Vernon’s new book this afternoon. Unfortunately it seems that a few on display copies of Vernon’s book happened to be taken by mistake. I apologise for the confusion however these books were not complimentary and were to be sold at £20 per copy by Vernon. If you happened to take a copy without paying I’d ask for you to please contact us as soon as you can as they are Vernon’s copies.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the books can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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