THE worlds of politics and showbiz came together last night to pay tribute to Britain's greatest purveyor of mucky books.
Gordon Brown cancelled a planned visit to a binge-wanking project in East London to speak of his 'utter devastation' at the loss of Paul Raymond, describing the Razzle publisher as the 'people's pornographer'.
Tory leader David Cameron paid tribute, saying it was reading Club International and Mayfair while at Eton that had prevented him over-indulging in sex with the other boys.
"My first evening of self-abuse was with a crumpled Men Only I stole from Boris Johnson.
"It was a Christmas Special featuring the lovely ladies from ITV's 'Mind Your Language'. In the nude. Our thoughts and prayers are with every teenage boy."
Sir Bruce Forsyth described the impresario as an erotic innovator who never ceased looking for novel ways to bring exposed vaginas to the masses.
He said: "Back in the early days of striptease he returned from a trip to Thailand and demanded that the lads try and fire a ping-pong ball into one of the performers."
Ronnie Corbett said he first got the idea for his famous chair monologues while working in one of Raymond’s strip clubs.
He said: "I was sitting in the wings watching the girls just before I was due on and, unsurprisingly, had developed the most enormous erection.
"I couldn't walk onto the stage with that thing sticking out in front of me, so I got them to carry me on in my chair and did the act sitting down. It was an instant hit."