PHILIP Hammond’s red briefcase has fallen open to reveal the manuscript of an erotic short story book he has been writing.
The briefcase’s clasp came undone as the chancellor held it aloft outside Downing Street, revealing a bundle of A4 sheets with the top page clearly titled Rhapsody in May: 10 Erotic Tales from Number 10.
Photographer Tom Booker said: “It just fell open and this stack of papers went all over the floor. He was scrabbling to pick them up but you could see the title page said ‘Written by Phillipa Hammock’.”
Onlookers confirmed seeing chapter headings that included Amber Rudd: Queen of the Harem, Nigel’s Stern Punishment and Boris and the Squaddies.
Hammond quickly stuffed the papers back into the briefcase, saying he must have accidentally picked up someone else’s red briefcase on the tube.