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High spirits at charity auction

The bottle of Highland Single Malt
Mr Paisley signed the bottle despite the fact he does not drink

A bottle of whisky signed by teetotal Ian Paisley has been auctioned to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

Rev Ian Paisley was keen to scrawl under his name: "I cannot recommend the Devil's buttermilk".

The bottle of Highland Single Malt was also signed by PM Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron.

The auction took place during a charity tug-of-war between the House of Lords and the House of Commons, which raised over 120,000.

Macmillian general manager Heather Monteverde said: "We are delighted that one of the final acts the former First Minister took as he left his post, was to put aside his personal views to help Macmillian raise vital funds to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support".

After a lot of flexing and gritted teeth, the winner of the Westminster tug-of-war was the House of Commons.

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