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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 04:21 GMT 05:21 UK
Mystery party

By Mark Mardell
Chief political correspondent

POSTED: Friday 6 May, 0515BST

I have now moved on from Labour HQ to a place in central London that, rather ridiculously, I have to refer to as "Location Two" for security reasons. The chancellor and deputy prime minister are already inside, along with Chris Evans and Eddie Izzard.

But the prime minister is yet to arrive. We're being told formally that this is not a party, it's a "results service", and that means no champagne is on offer.

I asked one aparatchik what you drink when you're not trying to look triumphalist but you are celebrating a victory. The answer is red and white wine and beer. Presumably not in the same glass.

Eddie Izzard? Funnily enough I saw him early in a Soho cinema watching "Downfall" about the final days in Hitler's Bunker. I wonder if he choose that movie for any particular reason?
Paul Duncan, London

Nice one Mark, I always enjoy your wit, particularly when you're dressed for it! Nothing personal mind!!
Graham Boucher, Pencoed, Bridgend

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