Swim­suit will al­ways haunt Mor­daunt

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Ac­cord­ing to one tabloid news­pa­per’s pro­file ar­ti­cle yes­ter­day, our new In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary “wore swim­suits” for her ap­pear­ance in ITV’S re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries, Splash!

This seems an odd ac­cu­sa­tion to level at Penny Mor­daunt since (a) fairly hard pic­to­rial ev­i­dence cor­rob­o­rat­ing the fact was “splashed” across most papers yes­ter­day; (b) the show in ques­tion fea­tured a slew of “celebri­ties”, in­clud­ing the 44-year-old blonde front­bencher be­ing taught to dive by Olympian Tom Da­ley; and (c) had she worn her usual Hobbs trouser suit and Whis­tles pumps to work that day, those for­ward flips would have been no­tably harder to pull off.

And yet there’s likely to be a lot more talk of this re­gret­table “swim­suit-wear­ing” pe­riod in Mor­daunt’s past. Be­cause she ev­i­dently missed the memo about never do­ing re­al­ity TV shows at the start of one’s ca­reer, “al­ways, al­ways when you’re on the way out”.

Mean­while, whether she’s of a higher cal­i­bre than Priti Pa­tel, or in­deed able to help the coun­try make some of its big­gest de­ci­sions since the war, re­mains to be seen.

Learner diver: Penny Mor­daunt tak­ing part in ITV’S Splash! in 2014

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