“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner--
As an ambitious Tory politician and former minister, Neil Hamilton once fled in horror from Miss Moneypenny, a 6ft transvestite with flashing red nipples who stood against him in the 1997 general election. As an exhibitionist who has made a career of self-humiliation, the same Mr Hamilton yesterday appeared in public carrying a girl in pink underwear on his shoulders. His wife, Christine, was accompanied by two men in leather underwear.
Confirming their descent into parody, the couple brought what has become the Hamilton show to Manchester, to promote the Erotica 2004 festival. "We have left the fantasy world of politics for the real world of showbiz and erotica," Ms Hamilton said.
Good morning Romfordian, I think anything goes as long as it's not in Havering. Maybe that's what the new boy was trying to say?
Anger at Tory MP who backed Commons 'erotica' dinner
By Simon Walters for The Mail on Sunday and Andrew Chapman for MailOnline
Updated: 00:40, 17 August 2010
HP Sauce: Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell sponsored a dinner in the Commons for sex industry entrepreneur Savvas Christodoulou
A Tory MP came under fire last night for letting a businessman who has donated money to him hold an £89-a-head ‘Erotica House of Commons Dinner’ followed by a sex party where guests must wear kinky fancy dress.
Conservative Andrew Rosindell is sponsoring a dinner in the Commons’ prestigious Members’ Dining Room for sex industry entrepreneur Savvas Christodoulou.
Advertisements for the Commons dinner are headed ‘Erotica 2010’ – a multi-million-pound adult entertainment show at London’s Olympia run by Mr Christodoulou in November. The ‘Erotica 2010’ logo contains the date of the Westminster event, October 2, and is superimposed on a silhouetted picture of Parliament.
‘Ever wondered how it feels to stroll the ancient corridors of power?’ the advert asks. ‘Erotica has arranged a special evening.’
After the Commons banquet, guests are invited to attend an ‘After Party’ on a nearby boat where entertainment includes ‘pole dancing, burlesque and erotic performances’.
The publicity for the function makes it clear that the Commons dinner and the ‘After Party’ are part of a combined event: guests can pay £89 to take part in both – or £35 for the ‘After Party’ only, it states.
A picture of a model in a latex body costume and sailor’s cap appears beneath the heading ‘House of Commons, Dinner and After Party’ alongside Parliament’s portcullis symbol, changed from its usual Commons pea green to a lurid red.
Strictly no cameras: An advert for the Erotica 2010 House of Commons Dinner
Mr Rosindell, MP for Romford in East London, last night insisted he had done nothing wrong.
The former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party said he agreed to let Mr Christodoulou hold the dinner because his Erotica Ltd business is based in Romford, where he also owns the Buddha Lounge nightclub.
‘It is a non-profit-making dinner and I would have done the same for any local business, charity or organisation,’ he said. Mr Rosindell claimed the ‘After Party’ had nothing to do with the Commons dinner. When it was pointed out that the two events are linked on the Erotica 2010 website, he said: ‘I haven’t seen any invitations.
‘As far as I am aware, Erotica is a separate business. I have never been to an Erotica event, I am not interested in that kind of thing. I am not endorsing anything. I was simply asked to sponsor a dinner. I’m not even sure I will go.’
In 2006, Mr Rosindell declared in the Commons register of interests that his constituency party had received a donation from ‘Savas Christodoulou, of Secrets Ltd’. Secrets Ltd is also owned by Mr Christodoulou, It did not say how much money Mr Rosindell was given.
Mr Christodoulou’s Buddha Lounge nightclub claims on its website to be ‘inspired from the Far Eastern opium dens of the 1920’s [sic]’. Last year, there were calls for the club to be stripped of its licence after allegations of drug-taking. The businessman, a former accountant with rock band Pink Floyd, has made a fortune from his annual Erotica exhibitions, which are attended by thousands of people.
Publicity material for the ‘Erotica Commons Dinner’ says: ‘Commons 6.30pm. Pay bar at Strangers Dining Room. 7pm. Three-course dinner in members Dining Room. 10.30pm. Depart from Commons and make your way to HMS President moored at Victoria Embankment.’
It says the dress code for the Commons is ‘black tie for gentlemen, evening dresses for ladies’. For the HMS President ‘After Party’ it changes to: ‘Enforced fantasy dress code. Dress up or be refused entry! Suggestions include: ‘Berlin Cabaret, lingerie, militaria, fetish, Latex, leather etc’.
Guests are urged to ‘dance, drink and make merry’. It warns: ‘Strictly no cameras’.
Tough new rules for the use of Commons dining rooms were introduced after claims that MPs were using them to make money for business contacts.
Leading Tory Right-winger Mr Rosindell hit the headlines in the run-up to the 2001 General Election when he campaigned with his late Staffordshire Bull Terrier Spike, who wore a Union Flag waistcoat.
A fellow MP said: ‘This smutty event is below the dignity of the Commons.’