Sunday Papers

From the front page of this week’s News of the World:

And from this week’s Observer (scroll down to the bottom):

Who’s who in the Primrose Hill setThey are the thirty-something set of friends being seen as Labour’s answer to the youthful, urbane ‘Notting Hill’ set around Cameron. They have had their differences – but facing a new threat, they are burying the hatchet.

Their linchpin is David Miliband the 39-year-old Cabinet Minister whose home in London’s Primrose Hill is the unofficial meeting place for like minds. Married to American violinist Louise, he headed Blair’s policy unit before becoming an MP but has deftly made his peace with the rising clique around Gordon Brown – thanks in part to his brother, Ed Miliband, the Chancellor’s former aide. Both brothers are close to Douglas Alexander, the Europe minister also tipped by Blair: married with two small children, he is a sharp Scot who cut his teeth as Brown’s researcher. The third former Brownite staffer in the set is ex-chief adviser Ed Balls, married to junior minister Yvette Cooper.

With the exception of Cooper – and the new MP Kitty Ussher who knows both Eds well from her former job as aide to Patricia Hewitt, and is tipped for a ministerial job – it is blokeish circle, but one largely of new men: Balls is regularly found in the kitchen at home, thanks to his wife’s hatred of cooking.

I don’t want to think about it. Though it’ll be tricky to have quite so many “lesbian romps” if the “set” is as “blokeish” as the paper suggests.

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