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MP admits he has a taste for Top Totty after beer row
11:10am Saturday 4th February 2012 in News
A SWINDON MP has blasted a Labour MP whose protest led to the banning of a beer called “Top Totty” from the Parliamentary bar.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, accused the MP – who argued the name demeans women – of a massive sense of humour failure.
And he tweeted: “Have to say I had a pint of ‘Top Totty’ before #stupidlypoliticallycorrect Labour got it banned from Commons bar – highly recommended!”
The beer was removed after Kate Green, Labour’s equalities spokeswoman, intervened in the Commons to complain it was offensive.
The £2.70-a-pint beer was banned from the Strangers’ Bar – where MPs can take guests – within an hour of Ms Green’s complaint.
She said: “I was disturbed last night to learn that the guest beer in the Strangers’ Bar is called Top Totty, and that there is a picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap.”
Brewed in Stafford, Top Totty boasts a pump plate with a cartoon picture of a bikini-clad bunny girl. It is described as “blonde, full bodied with a voluptuous hop aroma.”
Slater’s Ales, the beer’s family-run brewery in Staffordshire, said the outcry has seen its orders double.
Vicki Slater said: “I just couldn’t believe that in this economic climate, a Labour MP would get excited about the name of a beer.
“But after all this fuss, it sold out. People have phoned from all over Britain asking us to supply their pubs – we’re delivering twice as much Top Totty as we ever have before.”
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