Vince Cheers Sarah Teather’s Five Years
Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 19th September, 2008
The multicultural annual dinners put on in Neasden by Brent Liberal Democrats have already become legendary events and last night’s was special, as it marked the fifth anniversary of the election of Sarah Teather in the Brent East by-election. Poor Sarah — who missed all of this week’s Bournemouth conference — is very much under the weather thanks to some bug she picked up on a recent visit to Nigeria, but she did bravely put in a mute presence at the dinner. This left guest speaker Vince Cable, the new Saga Star of British politics, to whip up enthusiasm among the party faithful, while fending off numerous calls from the media on his mobile phone. The entertainment this year was provided by a West Indian steel band, and a troupe of gymnastic latino salsa dancers performing Cuban hits. One could sense Vince’s suppressed desire to get up and join them, to hone his already considerable ballroom skills. One plucky 81-year-old local LibDem member did get transported by the music and discreetly did a jig of his own on the sidelines.