Last week the Labour MP for Stroud, David Drew, asked the Home Secretary "what policing costs associated with the wedding of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar were met by (a) Gloucestershire police and (b) the organisers of the event". He was told in response it was a matter for the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Should anyone really be interested in the answer, the Police didn't actually provide, nor were they asked to provide policing at the wedding in the private grounds of Sudeley Castle. They did put a few extra coppers in Winchombe on the day of the wedding though because they expected an increased number of people, and a mini media circus.
The extra coppers amounted to a Police Sergeant and eight Police Constables. None of them were paid overtime and the resources cost the budget of the Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Division a whopping £1,122.
I've been trying to figure out exactly why David Drew may have asked such a trivial question, then I discovered he only has a majority 350 and was probably hoping the answer would be a significant figure that he could use in a leaflet (or perhaps a local election leaflet?).
Personally, I think he should concentrate on fixing his horrific looking website.