Dickens' classics for cabinet

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Jeremy Hunt handed out some of the greatest works of fiction at cabinet this morning. We're finding out who got what...

Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth.

To commemorate the day, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt handed out Dickens' novels to his colleagues in cabinet.

Mary Riddell has already reported that the prime minister was handed Great Expectations and foreign secretary William Hague received The Uncommercial Traveller.

I can also reveal that Baroness Warsi received a copy of The Old Curiosity Shop and Nick Clegg got Oliver Twist. Inside Clegg's copy, the culture secretary wrote: “The perfect choice for cabinet’s champion of social mobility.”

Supposedly, Hunt tried to match each title to its recipient.

He tweeted this afternoon: "Told cabinet I hadn't chosen their Dickens bks on basis of similarity to characters altho certain ones do lend themselves quite naturally... ps. for those wondering I bought the books myself, not the taxpayer!"

UPDATE: The full list is below:

David Cameron - Great Expectations and Hard Times

Nick Clegg - Oliver Twist

William Hague - The Uncommercial Traveller

Andrew Mitchell - Dombey and Son

George Osborne - A Tale of Two Cities

Danny Alexander - Hard Times

Kenneth Clarke - Little Dorrit

Theresa May - Little Dorrit

Justine Greening - Dombey and Son

Philip Hammond - Dombey and Son

Vince Cable - A Christmas Carol

David Willetts - The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Iain Duncan Smith - Oliver Twist

Ed Davey - Little Dorrit

Andrew Lansley - Nicholas Nickleby

Michael Gove - A Child's History of England

Eric Pickles - A House to Let

Caroline Spelman - Bleak House

Owen Paterson - Pickwick Papers

Michael Moore - Pickwick Papers

Cheryl Gillan - Pickwick Papers

Baroness Warsi - The Old Curiosity Shop

Francis Maude - The Old Curiosity Shop

Oliver Letwin - The Old Curiosity Shop

Lord Strathclyde - Bleak House

Sir George Young - Bleak House

Patrick McLoughlin - Bleak House


Tags: Baroness Warsi, Cabinetoffice, Charles Dickens

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