Bookies heavily favour pensions minister Steve Webb to retain his seat in May but should he be unceremoniously evicted, at least the Lib Dem MP has a trade to fall back on – for it turns out Webb is a mobile phone expert.
Webb revealed his secret nous to Money Marketing hack Sam Brodbeck this week, after becoming over-excited at the sight of the journalist and hurling his tea across his ministerial desk at DWP HQ.
Luckily no red briefcases were damaged, although the brew left Webb’s mobile phone soaked. But it also allowed the pensions minister to reveal his hidden talent with a nudge and a wink.
“It’s OK,” Webb whispered conspiratorially. “It’s the sugar that ruins them.”
It appears spillages have become so common at Caxton House that the pensions minister has given up on the white stuff simply to protect his electronics.
Indeed, civil servants seemed singularly unsurprised by the crash from the meeting room, and duly emerged with piles of towels to mop down the minister.
Luckily for DWP staff and the taxpayer, purdah and the election will soon force Webb back to his West Country constituency where his ability to damage Government property will be severely limited.