General Election 2015: Paddy Ashdown handed chocolate hat on Question Time, then Alastair Campbell receives edible kilt

Lord Ashdown said he didn't believe the exit poll which said the Conservatives would claim a majority

Kashmira Gander
Saturday 09 May 2015 10:12 BST
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Lord Ashdown said he'd eat his hat if the Conservatives claimed a majority in the election
Lord Ashdown said he'd eat his hat if the Conservatives claimed a majority in the election (BBC One )

In a moment of TV gold proving that elections aren’t exclusively serious affairs, former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown was handed a chocolate cake during Question Time after he said he’d eat his hat if exit polls were correct.

When exit polls showed that the Conservatives would storm ahead in the election to secure a majority, Lord Ashdown was so sure they were wrong that he promised to “eat my hat” if they turned out to be correct.

He was even confident enough to specify that he’d prefer a marzipan flavour piece of millinery.

But when Lord Ashdown was handed a marzipan hat during a later BBC interview, he said he would only eat it if former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell ate a kilt alongside him.

Mr Campbell had made a similar pledge on election night, and said: “I won't eat my hat, but I will eat my kilt if they (the SNP) get 58 seats”.

And the BBC certainly didn’t forget his suggestion. Lord Ashdown was handed a chocolate cake on BBC One, while Mr Campbell received a kilt.

Alastair Campbell is handed a chocolate kilt on Question Time (BBC One)

It remains unclear whether the hat contained marzipan under the think chocolate icing.

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