Eric Pickles makes the bookies pay out with a curry

Jonathan Walker writes: Ladbrokes report they have paid out punters who backed Eric Pickles to be spotted in a Birmingham curry house during the Conservative Party conference.

The Local Government Secretary used Twitter to post a picture of himself in an Indian restaurant and immediately called on Ladbrokes to "pay out!"

The bookies claim they have now shelled out thousands of pounds to punters who took the odds of 5/6 about Pickles failing to resist the lure of a biryani.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Eric has left us needing smelling salts. His curry antics have cost us a small fortune and we're feeling a bit fragile."

Here's the great man's photo:

Eric Pickles

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