MPs debate cost of cuts - to hair
A war of austerity broke out in Westminster today as MPs competed with each other to find out who had the cheapest haircut.
Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said his trim at Cambridge barber's shop Mr Polito's only cost £15 after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the listeners to his weekly phone-in on LBC that he spent £20 on his cut in Sheffield.
Both seemed to have beaten by Labour's shadow work and pensions minister Chris Bryant (Rhondda), who told his followers on Twitter he spent £13 having his haircut.
Mr Lansley said his barber advised him on his haircut but it was cheaper than Mr Clegg's. He joked: " Actually, it's £15, so I am getting my haircut cheaper than the Deputy Prime Minister, which just shows you can come to the Conservatives for value for money."
His comments came after Mr Clegg told listeners that he had his haircut by Christian at Jam Hairdressing in Sheffield, where it cost £20.
He said: "T he last time I got my haircut was in Sheffield, in my constituency, where haircuts are considerably cheaper than in London. But I do pay more when I get my hair cut in London, at a barbers/hairdressers just off Victoria Street."
The debate was sparked by the reported £90-a-time cost of Prime Minister David Cameron's haircut, which Mr Lansley avoided directly mentioning during his weekly question and answer session in the Commons .
The price of a haircut from Mr Cameron's stylist Lino Carbosiero came out after the hairdresser was awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list, prompting accusations of cronyism.
Mr Carbosiero - whose clients include Kylie Minogue, Sir Paul McCartney and Dustin Hoffman - cuts hair at the prestigious Daniel Galvin salon in central London.
When questioned on Sky News about the Prime Minister's apparent bald patch, Mr Carbosiero showed laudable discretion, replying: "What bald spot?"