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    Parliamentary Beard Of The Year 2013 Shortlist Unveiled

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    The Beard Liberation Front has unveiled the shortlist for the 2013 Parliamentary Beard of the Year.

    The competition, which is open to beard wearers from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is one of the most important awards of the parliamentary year.

    The award is designed to highlight politicians "who have given beards a positive image in the public eye during the year".

    We're thinking about running a vote but are worried people will be voting for party political reasons. It's not about parties, it's about beards.
    Yesterday Cameron said he couldn't even grow a moustache - I don't think that's strictly true, I think it's that he couldn't be arsed.

    Here's the 10 nominees for Parliamentary Beard of the Year.

    1. David Anderson MP, Labour.

    2. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour.

    3. Paul Flynn MP, Labour.

    4. George Galloway MP, Respect.

    5. Lord Harris, Labour.

    6. Kelvin Hopkins MP, Labour.

    7. Dr Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat.

    8. John Randall MP, Conservative.

    9. John Spellar, Labour.

    10. John Thurso, Liberal Democrat.

    I'd hope that they use it to promote the cause of hirsuteness. Given the rise of beards in the general population, with hipsters and all that, there should be more hirsute men in parliament. But Labour doesn't have the obsession that it once did have around it. At the moment you couldn't say there's a young successor to Jeremy Corbyn making his way up.