With Alex Salmond set to appear in the fringe festival this summer –seriously– here’s a list of the times politicians did the unexpected outside politics.
Nadine Dorries has exposed the split in the Conservative party between vulgarity and conformity.
Whatever else may be said of David Nuttall, he's not a man to take the easy road. The steelmaker's son from Sheffield left his comprehensive school at 18 in the teeth of a recession, when "all that really mattered was getting a job". He slogged his way to becoming a solicitor via night school and a degree taken by correspondence course, and only landed the parliamentary seat of Bury North after three failed attempts.