Annual press gallery quiz hit by Oscars-style confusion

Written by David Singleton on 2 March 2017 in Diary
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For a moment, everyone thought that the Daily Telegraph were the big winners on the night.

The Daily Express won the 2017 press gallery quiz in a historic upset that saw host Matt Chorley reading out the wrong name for comic effect.

The quizmaster and Press Gallery chairman declared that the Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph were in the final two.

"And the runner up is… the Daily Express," Chorley then announced.

But shock and chaos spread through Moncrieff’s cafeteria when the paper’s Alison Little attempted to collect her team’s prize for second place.

Amid widespread confusion, the host said that there had been a mix-up - and the Express had actually come first.

When the final scores were in, it emerged that second place was actually a tie between The Telegraph and Bloomberg.

At the bottom of the table were the Scottish papers.

 

 

Reigning champions The Times dropped to fifth place and one hack was quick to explain what went wrong. "A disastrous joker round on Britain cost Times our defence of parliamentary pub quiz title," lamented the paper’s political sketch writer Patrick Kidd.

The usually-strong Daily Mail also dropped a few places down the table with James Slack no longer on the team and new political editor Jason Groves missing much of the first half.

For The Sun, Harry Cole courted controversy by openly using his phone. But the paper’s Westminster correspondent was eventually let off the hook after insisting that he was dealing with a "subs' query".

There was mid-table obscurity for a Number 10 team that included the prime minister’s spinner Lizzie Loudon.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn's operatives failed to show up for the clash at all – a far cry from the days when the heavyweight Labour team was comprised of Damian McBride, Tom Watson and Michael Dugher.

There was also no sign of a Ukip team. "But that’s fine," said Chorley. "As we’ve got the Daily Telegraph here."

The quiz rounds included ‘fun and games’, ‘around Britain’ and ‘death’. But most challenging of all was a picture round in which all of the answers were names of Labour’s shadow cabinet ministers….

 

 

 

 

 

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