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Louise Mensch, the Tory MP formerly known as the chick-lit novelist Louise Bagshawe, has had an avalanche of publicity, both good and bad, since agreeing to be interviewed for GQ magazine. In that interview, she cast herself as the new Margaret Thatcher and, in a piece illustrated by posed photographs,complained about how women MPs are judged on their looks.

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Bonfire Night might make members of the House fidget in their seats, but the idea of blowing up Parliament brings a little anarchic glee into our lives. There's nothing like a sparkler to get you in the mood for, er, sparklers, and if you don't want to push the boat out too far for Guy Fawkes, Marks & Spencer's Sparkling Burgundy NV, £11.99, will give you a biscuity, weighty fizz at an affordable price. Add a dash of Sainsbury's quintessence of cassis-like Taste the Difference Blackcurrant Liqueur, £8.99, 20cl, either to that or your favourite cheap cava, and there you have your very own grown-up Kir Royale.

Wine: Something for the weekend

Anthony Rose: ‘Our climate is ideal for producing good-quality champagnes and sparkling wines’

"I hear you make wine in England now, what's it like?" You get used to the sardonic nudge and wink from foreigners as this question is lobbed like a hand grenade. How to respond without waving the flag like a demented chauvinist? Easy, actually. Just mention our burgeoning sparkling wine industry and how, because of England's cool maritime climate and chalky soils, our green and pleasant land actually is the new Jerusalem for fizz.

10 best sparkling wines

The days of sickly fizz are no more – now there are some scintillating alternatives to champagne, as this array of crisp, delicious vintages shows.

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