MP Louise Bagshawe is trending on Twitter in the UK today because she’s just appeared on the BBC1 current events game show Have I Got News For You.
In addition to being a Conservative member of parliament for Corby in Northamptonshire, she is an author of many “chick lit” books, including Venus Envy (1998), A Kept Woman (2000) and When She Was Bad… (2001). Her more recent books all have one word titles, such as Desire (2010), Glitz (2008), and Glamour (2007).
Have I Got News For You is a humorous, topical game show in which panelists answer questions about news and current affairs.
Reaction to Bagshawe’s performance on the show appears to fall mostly along political lines.
benitacooke: Louise Bagshawe embarrassed herself on #HIGNFY-I usually LOVE Tories looking stupid but that was SO painful! What a boring, unpleasant person
cloud9point1: I quite liked some of Louise Bagshawe’s novels but she was awful on #HIGNFY :S
mossop: If tories have any sense then Louise Bagshawe will never be allowed on tv again #HIGNFY
Sneyton: nice to see Louise Bagshawe doing what 60% of her constituents didn’t elect her to not do #HIGNFY
JohnTelford1972: Thought #Louise Bagshawe was pretty good on #hignfy. Why do so many dislike her? Because she’s a Tory?
Wengle: Louise Bagshawe was infuriating… She treated #hignfy like a party broadcast.
PopeLeo: All this hostility to the fragrant Louise Bagshawe. Let the scales fall from your eyes! She’s lovely! #HIGNFY
jameskillin: Nerr nerr let’s all tweet-pick on Louise Bagshawe, the Tory homegirl. Change tack, would you? She was always going to be the panto villain.
hofflimits: Louise Bagshawe: a professional author, yet completely misuses the word ‘literally’ and just said ‘less governments’ not fewer #HIGNIFY
yazmac:I love Louise Bagshawe books – I’m rather disappointed to find out she’s an MP – and by peoples tweets, a poor one at that #ignorancewasbliss