The Independent Group’s Nando’s trip prompts (extra) hot debate
There were plenty of questions, not least who had the hottest sauce.
The newly-formed Independent Group of MPs has provoked a lot of debate over the past week, but it was their choice of dinner that got Twitter talking on Monday night.
Several of the breakaway group’s MPs – formed of eight ex-Labour and three former Tory lawmakers – shared pictures of themselves tucking into a “cheeky” Nando’s near Parliament.
“First @TheIndGroup meal out before votes tonight at Nando’s!” tweeted Chuka Umunna.
Chris Leslie wrote: “Shaking up Britain’s broken politics is so overdue – and after our positive inaugural @theindgroup meeting today it was great to grab quick bite to eat together! #ChangePolitics.”
Shaking up Britain’s broken politics is so overdue - and after our positive inaugural @theindgroup meeting today it was great to grab quick bite to eat together! #ChangePolitics pic.twitter.com/ShCmAuwGSJ— Chris Leslie (@ChrisLeslieMP) February 25, 2019
Heidi Allen, pictured tucking in to her chicken wings as the rest of the crowd smiled for the photo, tweeted: “Whoops, was I supposed to wait?!”
Whoops, was I supposed to wait?! https://t.co/iQNtf7RtjD— Heidi Allen MP (@heidiallen75) February 25, 2019
Twitter users had immediate questions. Where was Mike Gapes’ food? Why was Anna Soubry drinking bottled water when it’s free from the tap? And, most important of all, who had the hottest sauce?
Anna Soubry ordering a salad and bottled water at Nandos has really shaken my confidence in this new movement. https://t.co/cuD1ei1aEk— Ben Rathe (@benrathe) February 25, 2019
1. why is Mike Gapes not eating?— Michael Segalov (@MikeSegalov) February 25, 2019
2. why has Heidi Alexander not ordered any sides?
3. Gavin Shuker ordered xx-hot?! his vast grin suggests it's the first time he has been invited out to Nando's for dinner. an error?
4. is Soubry eating salad + chips? bold https://t.co/iofyv3MjYL
Observations:@ChukaUmunna has medium spice, looks like @gavinshuker has extra hot. (Respect)— Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) February 25, 2019
Got a lot of time for @Anna_Soubry’s chips & salad combo.@heidiallen75 could be doing wing roulette or just a one spice platter.
Unanswered question: why has @MikeGapes got no dinner? https://t.co/3NiRuxTdJl
It wasn’t long before the Photoshops began, with @GeneralBoles inserting an image of Ed Miliband joining them with his famous bacon sandwich.
But it was Gavin Shuker – elected to the role of “convener” of the group on Monday – who sought to address the most pressing question of all.
“Hacks struggling for an angle on how best to report the kremlinology of the group be aware I kept a list of medium, lemon and herb, extra hot and my DMs are open,” he tweeted.
Hacks struggling for an angle on how best to report the kremlinology of the group be aware I kept a list of medium, lemon and herb, extra hot and my DMs are open. pic.twitter.com/AvMO03njvu— Gavin Shuker (@gavinshuker) February 25, 2019