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MPs dig themselves out of trouble

In a scene reminiscent of Shallow Grave, the Diary observed a series of shadowy figures gathering in the House of Commons car park this week.

As the sky darkened and snow flurries started, the thudding of spades being thrown into the boots of cars could be heard from St Stephens Gate. The Diary hears several of the MPs returning to constituencies in the North had been warned of severe drifts of several feet of snow.

They prepared to face oncoming blizzards in Yorkshire and Lancashire armed with trusty garden utensils and flasks of soup. A rush on spades and garden equipment from DIY shops in the Westminster area is expected in the next few days if the cold snap continues.

The party faithful have clearly followed Mr Blair&#39s example this week on digging oneself out of rather big holes.

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