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'Don't call me Stephen': Edwina Currie's Nolan Show name slip up

Former Conservative minister Edwina Currie stumbled while trying to tell apart Stephen Nolan and his sound-a-like stand-in Vinny Hurrell.

Appearing on the BBC's The Nolan Show with the guest presenter, Mrs Currie was discussing the resignation of former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon following an admission of "inappropriate flirtation".

In defence of Mr Fallon, she described him as "one of the best public servants we've had for nearly 35 years, it's a tragedy to see this".

She then stated it was her view the type of inappropriate behaviour alleged of Conservative politicians is less prevalent than being reported. 

"Is it common practice? No. Does it happen all the time? No. Politicians - they’re the most boring people in the world," she said.

Host Hurrell interjected to say: "You weren’t that boring yourself Edwina."

"Well, I wasn’t. But then I’ve always been an exception. Just as you are Stephen," she responded.

Hesitating for a moment, Hurrell then added: "And don’t call me Stephen because I’ll get in trouble!"

Edwina Currie served as junior minister in health under Margaret Thatcher from 1986 to 1988. The release of her memoirs in 2002 drew media attention due to revelations about an affair in the 1980s with former Prime Minister John Major.

Mrs Currie later added: "It’s Vinnie isn’t it, not Stephen. I do apologise.

"That’s alright. I wish I was on his salary Edwina, but unfortunately I’m not," Hurrell said.

"I thought you were sounding unusually intelligent for the morning," she said. 

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