By Tim Montgomerie
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Chris Heaton-Harris MP was this week's political pin up. A qualified football referee (wearing, I think, an Italian shirt in the picture on the right) he helped find a compromise solution to the stand-off between the FA and FIFA about whether the England football team could wear poppies during the game against Spain, later today:
"I was reading the FIFA regulations and it was fairly obvious you could not have a poppy on the shirt – but that you could on an armband. I contacted someone close to FIFA and ended up speaking to Jerome Valcke on the phone and then the FA. There was a lot of stuff going on in the background with the Prime Minister and Prince William both writing to FIFA but I did have a small part to play."
Thank you Chris but what do we think of his humour? He was tweeting his favourite jokes last night…
And my favourite one…
I remember when Chris gave an after dinner speech at a Conservative Future dinner in Bath some years ago. The humour then was a little more, well, blue!