Hi di hi di No!

Sit­com star causes havoc at No10 as she wolf-whis­tles PM and be­rates her over Brexit

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Harry Cole DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

TELE­VI­SION star Su Pol­lard con­fronted Theresa May at a Down­ing Street drinks party and de­manded that she speed up Brexit, The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

The 69-year-old com­edy ac­tress left No 10 aides speech­less af­ter putting two fingers in her mouth for her sig­na­ture com­edy whis­tle to get the Prime Min­is­ter’s at­ten­tion at a re­cep­tion held for Tory MPs and their spouses on Wednes­day evening.

Ms Pol­lard, who shot to fame as hol­i­day camp cleaner Peggy Olleren­shaw in the BBC se­ries Hi-de-Hi! was a guest of mav­er­ick Es­sex MP An­drew Rosin­dell.

The pair have been close friends for more than a decade.

Break­ing off a con­ver­sa­tion with En­ergy Min­is­ter Claire Perry, Mrs May said: ‘Hello there, Su.’

The ac­tress and singer shouted back: ‘Hi-di-hi, Theresa!’

Then the star, fa­mous for her ec­cen­tric out­fits and hair­dos, pro-

‘She planted a smacker on Mr May’s cheek’

ceeded to smack a kiss firmly on the cheek of Mrs May’s hus­band Philip, be­fore grilling the pair on why Bri­tain’s exit from the Euro­pean Union was tak­ing so long.

One MP present told this news­pa­per: ‘ It was very sur­real. She was clearly hav­ing a good old time, run­ning around shout­ing “Hi-de-hi” at peo­ple.

‘To­wards the end of the e veni ng, s he c l e a r l y de­cided that she had not had her mo­ment with the boss so she just went straight for her.

‘ The Prime Min­is­ter is not great at the small talk at the best of times, so it looked pretty painful. Su just kept say­ing “We want Brexit” and “What’s hap- pen­ing with Brexit, why is it tak­ing so long?” and “We want Brexit now.”’ It was claimed that Ms Pol­lard, who was wear­ing rain­bow rib­bons in her hair, had ear­lier ‘planted a big smacker’ on Mr May’s cheek. An­other wit­ness said Mr May, nick­named the First Hus­band, was ‘left with a per­fect red lip­stick kiss on his right cheek’. The Prime Min­is­ter had sum­moned her war­ring MPs for a drinks re­cep­tion in a bid to mend stretch re­la­tions within the Con­ser­va­tive Party over Brexit. MPs and guests were served Berry Brothers’ claret and chardon­nay, and Down­ing Street cater­ers also pro­vided minia­ture roast beef and York­shire pud­ding canapes and smoked salmon bli­nis.

Ear­lier in the evening, Ms Pol­lard was pic­tured pos­ing for pic­tures with mem­bers of Mrs May’s cru­cial Ul­ster al­lies, the DUP.

Shar­ing a pic­ture on Twit­ter, Mr Rosin­dell wrote: ‘A great time was had by all last night at No 10 for the PM’s New Year’s drinks and such a plea­sure to take my dear friend Su Pol­lard with me.’

He added: ‘Let’s make it a great BREXIT year for Bri­tain!’

Last night a Down­ing Street source de­scribed Mrs May as a ‘huge fan’ of Ms Pol­lard’s work.

But some Twit­ter users were left baf­fled by TV footage of Ms Pol­lard go­ing through the fa­mous door of No 10. One asked: ‘What next? Timmy Mal­lett Home Sec­re­tary?’

PARTY TIME: Su at Down­ing Street with, from left, MPs Jef­frey Don­ald­son, An­drew Rosin­dell and Emma Lit­tle-Pen­gelly. Left: As Peggy in the BBC sit­com

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