MPs’ new portraits allow Twitter to get creative

Written on 27 July 2017 in Diary

Parliament commissioned official portraits of hundreds of MPs, but Twitter users prefer to see a cartoon detective and a fearful scientist, among others.

Snazzy new pictures of our parliamentarians have given Twitter enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to view them from a different angle.

Celebrity photographer Chris McAndrew, who has shot international superstars such as Snoop Dogg and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, was commissioned by Carrie Barclay, the new Editor-in-Chief of parliament’s digital service, to unveil the "human side" of the “big beast called Parliament”.

Yet despite the pristine image quality, perhaps not all MPs gave off the vibe they were hoping for. 

To some, Michael Gove faces a confidence crisis, Crispin Blunt gives off an air of Swiss Toni, while best man Tom Brake fears the wrath of the groom.

James Duddridge seems to be experiencing that sinking feeling.

Heidi Allen meanwhile just wants everyone to know everything's going to be OK.

Crispin Blunt however gives off a more smooth-talking vibe...or that of a 90s comedy car salesman.

Here are some of the best of the rest.



At least those at the centre of it all saw the funny side.




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