10 April 2014 @ 07:19 pm
In recent news...  
I am sure that everyone has seen the news by now. If not, I will direct you in this location.

I hope all honourable and right honourable members will treat Nigel with the respect he deserves.

Please ignore the donations scandal behind the curtain...
 
 
 
 
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Nigel Evans: Well?[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
*Nigel wanders in, still looking a bit shell-shocked from his trial. He starts when he sees John, a reaction that is somewhat puzzling in light of the fact this is John's office.*

Oh! Um. Hi, John.

I, um, I just wanted to stop by to thank everyone for their support, if they're around. I don't think I could have made it if people hadn't stood by me, and- well, everyone was very kind. And brave. I know this put you all in a difficult position.
bamfbercow: Sad[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
*John certainly doesn't have a bottle of something open on the side when Nigel walks in, nor does he try to hide it when the door opens.*

Nigel!

I- yes. Yes. They're a bit... busy at the moment. Tomorrow is Constituency Day, after all but I dare say a few may be about the place...

I... I trust that... today wasn't... as bad as it could have been?
therealpm: annoyed[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Obviously.

*He grabs the bottle from behind John's back, turns to face away from Nigel and quikly jams the cork back into the neck.*
bamfbercow: Oh really?[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
*John tried to signal to Peter that this may not be the most tactful place for him to be at the moment, but fails.*
Nigel Evans: Worried[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not going to prison, if that's what you mean.

I'm sorry, that sounds rather ungracious, doesn't it? It's a tremendous relief of course. But now that the worst is over I'm conscious how... irreversible it all is, for everyone involved.
bamfbercow: Sad[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes of course I-

*John doesn't know what to say, not that that has stopped him before.*

Nigel, you must know that...

...there will certainly be a...changed atmosphere about the chamber, that much is inevitable, but personal standing is... well, it can be changed over time, I hope you realize...
Nigel Evans: Scared[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'm sure that will be all right. People have been... really amazingly supportive, considering.

It's just that- Well, I liked being Deputy Speaker. Even with the werewolves.
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sure everyone wanted the truth to come through, no matter how their testimony may have been interpreted...

*John coughs, looking around for a drink.*

Tea, Nigel; it must have been a... long while for you?
Nigel Evans: Well?[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
*Nigel's brow wrinkles in puzzlement*

Since I've had tea?

I know you were only trying to ensure the Speaker's Office upholds the highest standards, as we'd expect from Parliament. After the expenses fiasco it's vital that we're seen to do the right thing.

*His mouth twists into a shape that vaguely resembles a smile.*

I believed in that mission too. I just never expected to find myself at the sharp end of it.
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
*John tries to explain, but doing so over a cup of tea seems like a better idea. He convinces Nigel to sit, relax and then John goes to put the kettle on."
therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
You know, Michael's a perfectly lovely man, but you may wish to be a little more careful if you wish to keep your seat. It is only just over a year until the next election.
bamfbercow: Hmmmmm[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, thank you, Peter; I am perfectly capable of handling this issues myself. You advice, however, is duly noted.
therealpm: I don't think so[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
*Peter isn't paying attention - it appears he has been followed by a rather dejected Nigel.*

Edited 2014-04-10 07:07 pm (UTC)
bamfbercow: Sad[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
*John coughs*

Look, Peter- it-it's not that I dislike you being here, of course, it's just that, I think, Nigel might, at this particular moment in time, given everything that's happened, need a bit more of my attention as it currently stand.

You-you don't mind, do you?
therealpm: annoyed[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
*Peter turns on his heel and stalks off to the fireplace, entirely coincidentally forgetting to set the bottle back down on the side.*
bamfbercow: huh?[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
*John tries to call out to him, but can't find the right words. How does one cope in a situation such as this? He had testified against his best deputy and the moment his best friend had turned up, he had to explain himself to the accused. John makes a mental note to contact Peter the next day.*

*Only a while later does John realise Peter has taken the wine with him.*
therealpm: Thinking[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
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J,

remember to cook dinner. Your children do need to eat.

-P
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Peter,

all will be sorted. Thank you for your concern. Perhaps we can discuss this at a later date?

-John
therealpm: I don't think so[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
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J,

you forgot, didn't you? If the children haven't started bothering you for it then they've found the easter eggs and you'll need to buy new ones.

-P
bamfbercow: Hmmmmm[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Peter,

everything is fine. We can manage, thank you. I'm sure the children will be delighted to see you soon.

-John
therealpm: A tolerable tipple[personal profile] therealpm on April 10th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
*Peter presses 'skip' for 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' and sips more of the wine as 'Does your mother know' fills the room. He waits for the song to finish before shutting it off and wandering perfectly steadily, thankyouverymuch, over to the mirror. He taps the glass, wondering whether to call.

He decides to leave it. There should be risotto from yesterday in the fridge and Oliver's a clever boy - he's perfectly capable of microwaving it. Peter dislikes Nigel's company at the best of times and the recent allegations have hardly improved his impression of the man.

He turns away from the fireplace, stoppers back up the wine bottle, then tucks Jack under one arm and, wine glass in his other hand, sets off for bed.*
Chris Bryant: Glee[personal profile] chrisbrilliant on April 10th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
*Chris bounds in to John's office, without knocking, because knocking is for people who don't have exciting news.*

John! You'll never guess, Blackwell's are going to host a-

*He notices Nigel sitting on the sofa and stops short.*

Oh. Nigel.
Nigel Evans: Intent[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
*Nigel looks up at him wanly. He tends to find Chris Bryant in an ebullient mood overwhelming in the best of times, which this is not.

Also, noticeable by its absence in the outpouring of crossparty support that followed his arrest was any message from Chris, open or covert. They're hardly friends, but Chris does spend a lot of time hanging around the Speaker's Office bothering John, so they're close enough that Nigel would have expected him to say something. Unless of course he thought Nigel was guilty.*

Hi, Chris.
bamfbercow: huh?[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
*John comes back with a tray of tea and biscuits. He spots Chris at the door.*

Chris! What are you- I... I...

*He looks between the two*

I'm not interrupting something important, am I?

*He places the tray on the table.*

I can make another cup if necessary. I don't need to.. facilitate a cross-party dialogue at the moment, do I?
Chris Bryant: Looking Hard[personal profile] chrisbrilliant on April 10th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
No. It's not cross-party; they haven't given Nigel the whip back yet. I wouldn't say no to a cuppa, though.

*He turns back to Nigel*

Congratulations on the verdict, by the way. That's a big relief.

*Relief perhaps does not capture the full complexity of his feelings. Chris didn't like to think of Nigel going to prison, but the thing is, everyone in Westminster has known what Nigel is like when he's drunk for years. Chris isn't surprised the rape charge fell apart- that always seemed a bit beyond Nigel's capacity- but he does get handsy when he's drunk because he doesn't have the guts to ask anyone out when he's sober, and he does go after the young Tory spads because he hopes they won't dare to tell him no.*

*They should have done something about it long ago, but it was embarrassing and it was the Tories' problem, and so until Sarah Wollaston came along everyone just looked the other way. Chris feels guilty for failing to intervene himself, and frankly Nigel is a bit guilty too, even if he's been cleared in the eyes of the law.*

*Thinking about it just makes him depressed, so it's time to move on to a more pleasant topic.*

So John, I was talking to the guy from Blackwell's-

*John frowns at him, and it occurs to Chris that Nigel, distracted as he has been by his recent ordeal, might not be aware of the most important piece of Parliamentary news. He'll have to explain.*

I've just published a book about Parliament! And it's very good if I do say so myself, which I can, because all the reviews say the same thing.
Nigel Evans[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
I've heard. I do get the Telegraph you know. Even with the trial I haven't been completely caught up in my own affairs.
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
*John isn't exactly good with these sort of awkward social situations at the best of times - and now is far from the best of times.*

*He quickly makes up another cup of tea and tries to move the conversation on to something else, but the only other thing occupying his mind at present is how own issues with election funds, and even John can tell such self-indulgence is unlikely to be met with such sympathy.*

Yes, well done Chris; your book is already on my Christmas list I assure you. Well done,, and the book launch was a success. Nadine also has a book out at the moment as I understand it; I've heard Sally say she'll be looking in to getting it soon.

*John coughs, takes a sip from his own tea and tries to find another topic.*

Have you heard from Lindsay or Dawn recently, Nigel?
Nigel Evans: Smile[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Not since they testified.
bamfbercow: huh?[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
*John takes a long sip of his tea as he tries to come up with some sort of response to that remark*

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Chris Bryant: Trollololololol[personal profile] chrisbrilliant on April 10th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
*Even Chris can tell that this conversation is skipping like a bad record. Well, nothing to do but plow ahead.*

Nadine didn't invite me to her book launch! She promised. I invited her to mine!

Say, Nigel, I know what will cheer you up! How about a signed copy of my book?
bamfbercow: huh?[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 10th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
I did hear about that kerfuffle. I do hope it got sorted in a timely manner than that your relationship with Ms Dorries was not significantly harmed...

I'm sure Nigel would delight in such a gift - at the very least it would prove to be a very profitable charity donation back in Ribble; right, Nigel?
Nigel Evans: Default[personal profile] ribble_mp on April 10th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
*Strangely, the offer does cheer Nigel up a little. After learning at such cost how badly he knew people he once thought of as friends, it's somehow reassuring to discover that Chris Bryant is still irrepressibly, relentlessly Chris Bryant.*

No, I'll read it. Thank you.

*He sets his tea down on the table and rises to go.*

Thanks for the tea, John. I am terribly sorry for all the disruption and difficulty this has caused. But I suppose now we just have to move forward.
bamfbercow: Oh for goodness sake...[personal profile] bamfbercow on April 11th, 2014 07:45 am (UTC)
*John stands with him and goes to show him to the door.*

Yes, you're right; we will all move on, I assure you.

*Saying goodbye is awkward but the manage it. John returns to the living room, his tea and Chris' conversation.*