As predicted, Ivan Lewis deployed one of Belfast's oldest jokes at his debut speech as Shadow Secretary of State.
He told the UUP conference: "I want to dispel a myth that is doing the rounds that the first question I was asked when I was appointed was 'Are you a Protestant Jew or a Catholic Jew?'
"Thank God, there is no such option."
We can only wonder what one-liners he is preparing for next month's SDLP gathering.
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