All the world's a stage

MPs from all parties performed to a different kind of house last week when they donned wigs and costumes and trod the boards to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Acting out a scene from The Jerry Springer Show, Labour's Stephen Pound (pointing), Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik (back) and Conservative MP Nigel Evans (right) were among the politicians taking part in the charity's sixth Parliamentary Palace of Varieties on Thursday night in London. The event was chaired by four MPs, including Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard, and raised £55,000.

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