Roll up! Roll up! MPs whose careers are going nowhere fast but still want a red ministerial box can now get their hands on the next best thing — an otherwise identical green box. But these grandiose carriers certainly don’t come cheap at, erm, £1,175.

For parliamentarians looking to add a little je ne sais quoi to their glamourous constituency casework, a personalised box with a leather strap in their party colour, name and constituency written on it in gold leaf comes in at a staggering £1,350.

According to manufacturers Barrow & Gale, who make the iconic red boxes used by ministers and spammed MPs with advertising this week, this is a sound investment:

“We believe these new green boxes for MPs are set to become as iconic as their red counterparts, while importantly being a thoroughly practical and useful workhorse to busy parliamentarians and a very personal heirloom.”

Let’s see who is desperate enough to get one.

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