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Lady Margaret

Divas, by their very nature, behave as though they have their own set of rules. Scientology’s messiah, Tom Cruise, is alleged to have placed a ban on anyone looking him directly in the eyes. And it is widely suggested that Zaha Hadid is architecture’s answer to Elton John. But MPs are the last set of society one would expect to fall into such a category. However, it appears Margaret Hodge, minister for industry and the regions, can take her place alongside Elton and Zaha. For when Hodge turned up to deliver a keynote speech at the end of an Olympics Games conference yesterday (7 March), she took one look at her podium set-up (next to the cloakroom), saw the streams of people making their getaway, and did an about-turn leaving organisers in the lurch. Certainly a novel way of securing the votes.

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