He used to be a Conservative MP, was destroyed by the cash-for-questions affair, but has risen, quite unexpectedly, from the political grave.
Plus: A return to Fleet Street. A venture to Edinburgh. West Ham win, David Laws loses. And: UKIP’s London members will have no say in the selection of its Mayoral Candidate.
Plus: A present for Jacqui Smith. In memory of Constance Henriette Dale. I am reviving my blog. And finally: A truly disgusting reference to vibrators.
Plus: Making polite chat with Ted Heath. Musing on Boris Johnson’s future. Alan Clark on crack. And: My mucker Chuka.
Gyles Brandreth, the compere for the event, got it spot on when he said that the evening was all about “championing books”.