Labour MP backs a winner with Grand National tip-off from Nicholas Soames
Mystic Soames' big prediction helped a hospice net a windfall after a Labour MP backed the winner.
Only the boldest of politicians make firm predictions during these uncertain times, but that is just what Tory MP Nicholas Soames did when he tipped Tiger Roll to ride to victory in the Grand National.
Speaking during a Commons debate last week, the veteran Tory MP said: “In the spirit of bringing the whole House together, I thought it would be helpful if I let the House know that the [race] will be won by a horse called Tiger Roll.”
Some Tory MPs used the result to make a party political dig, with George Freeman tweeting: "Remember when Gordon Brown sold the Nation’s gold reserves when the price was at a major low? This is more like it from Nicholas Soames. #Repairingthepublic financesinstyle
But cashing in on the tip was Bolton North East MP David Crausby who used a free bet from Ladbrokes to back the winner. It should be pointed out the bet was only offered provided any winnings went to charity, and Mr Crausby was actually in the bookies to grill them about their Fixed-Odds-Betting Terminals.
Tiger Roll, who rode into the record books with back-to-back Grand National victories will have netted the Labour MPs a few hundred quid, which he has donated to the Bolton Hospice in his constituency.
At least the backbenches can come together for some cross-party good every once in a while.