After jetting off to New York and leaving Cameron with an embarrassing by-election disaster, former Corby MP Louise Mensch has been trying to rewrite history on her quixotic Westminster ambitions, telling Newsnight on Friday:

“Contrary to massive public rumour, I have never wanted to be a minister”

In an interview to accompany a glossy photo shoot for the February edition of GQ, however, Mensch half joked about her failure to be promoted — before then naming the department in which she would like to be a minister in what the magazine describes as “a job application”:

“I’m not even a PPS! It’s kind of annoying. What do I have to do to get promoted over here? Am I being disloyal? I don’t know.”

I need to sit down with my whip and say, ‘What do I have to do?’ No, every time there is a raft of PPS promotions and my name is not on them, I have to sit down and think, ‘What am I doing wrong?’”

The then Corby MP was clearly not content with the not insignificant airmiles she was already clocking up on the way to New York, fancying some additional travel at the taxpayers’ expense:

“I would very much like to have a crack at International Development”

The penny finally seemed to drop by Friday, however, with Mensch admitting that she “could never have [been a cabinet minister] in the first place”, before reiterating “… and I never wanted to”.

Update: Mensch is not impressed:


Touched a nerve, have we?

  1. Look, PSBook, I get that it’s fun to annoy M*nsch and point out what a massively attention seeking hypocrite she is, but honestly, I think we’d all rather she just disappear for good. She is pointless, her opinion does not matter and her quitting as MP to run off to spend more time with Rupert Murdoch makes Sarah Palin look like governor of the year. If we all ignore her then maybe she’ll go away.

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