Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith ‘dusts’ himself off following Little Britain's Marjorie Dawes prank

Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith has named Marjorie Dawes - a fictional character from BBC comedy sketch show Little Britain - Pride of Bassetlaw.

By Ben McVay
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 2:12 pm

Brendan - who claims to have fallen victim of a prank against his Westminster Office - announced the award in a Facebook post last week.

He wrote how Marjorie had continued ‘to motivate people with virtual calls’ at her local slimming club.

The imaginary Marjorie Dawes’ character - played by Matt Lucas in the 2003-2005 series - was group leader of a slimming group named Fat Fighters.

Little Britain star Matt Lucas

In the show she was often portrayed as berating fellow members in a fatist or unkind way - despite being overweight herself.

In one episode the farcical character names ‘dust’ as a good food.

In Brendan’s post - now deleted - he wrote how Marjorie had been nominated for ‘keeping the community healthy and happy during self isolation’.

He wrote (SIC): “We were inundated with people wanting to say a big THANK YOU for keeping their mental and physical health in check during lockdown.

Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith fell victim of a hoax nomination

“Marjorie, you’re a star - thank you.”

In his post Brendan went on to write (SIC): “You’re not only a motivator, but a friend, a lifeline and a confidant to many.”

At the bottom of the post under a large stylised graphic reading Best of Bassetlaw the post read (SIC): “Marjorie, your local slimming club has helped so many in the community regain their confidence.

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“Some say you are as close to them as family!

“Thank you for continuing to motivate people via virtual calls, at a time when loneliness can give way to bad habits.”

Speaking about the hoax nomination Brendan said: “It seems there was a bit of a kerfuffle involving a prank against my Westminster office last week.

“It’s a shame that a campaign that pays homage to our local heroes has been mocked but we’ll dust ourselves off and continue to serve and promote those doing great work in Bassetlaw.”

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