Dickens' classics for cabinet
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