Shoeless ministers raise eyebrows at Number 10

Published: 29th March 2011

Shoeless ministers raise eyebrows at Number 10
Politicians are usually known for dressing impeccably when in the public eye, which makes it all the more unusual that David Cameron's aide Steve Hilton has been walking around Number Ten with no shoes and just socks.

The prime minister's director of strategy recently greeted dignitaries at a reception in jeans, a white T-shirt and socks.

And the trend appears to be spreading through the cabinet: Andrew Mitchell, the secretary of state for international development, recently left his shoes at home while meeting the charity Action Against Aids.

"It was one thing when we were in opposition for Steve to float about the Commons in his bare feet but doing that in Downing Street is another matter," huffed one MP to the Daily Telegraph.

However, Mr Mitchell defended himself with a snappy: "Better shoeless than clueless."

It is possible they are taking inspiration from Mad Men's Bertram Cooper, the eccentric executive noted for his fondness for going shoeless in the office.

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