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It was odd to hear the familiar tones of John Humphrys of Radio Four's Today programme without the presence of an early-morning cuppa steaming away on the bedside table; but it was even odder to hear those same dulcet tones convey a story about the size of the outgoing prime minister's private member. But, as the host of the AJ100 awards, that's exactly what he did. Humphrys was recounting a conversation he had overheard in which Cherie Booth joshed that her husband was a 'five-times-anight' man. It ended with Humphrys re-enacting a 'well endowed' Tony standing some distance away from the urinal as he went about his business.

Most guests found this bawdy tale highly amusing, but there were several dissenters among the Anshen + Allen contingent, one of whom was overheard complaining that the tale was yet another example of Humphrys' anti-Labour grandstanding. Touchy!

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