– That sums up the rather unfortunate denouement of a sincere but ill-fated attempt by Nick Clegg to “bond” with the Tories. The Evening Standard has the full story:
A planned charm offensive by Nick Clegg to build ties with new Tory MPs has backfired spectacularly.
A getting-to-know-you meeting was a “disaster from beginning to end”, said one Conservative, after the Deputy Prime Minister failed to turn up and guests had to dash off down Whitehall – twice – for Commons votes.
Angry MPs eventually abandoned the event at Mr Clegg’s office overlooking Horse Guards Parade.