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Boris’s Mirror Chicken comes home to roost

Boris Johnson has appointed a former Daily Mirror Chicken as his chief spin doctor, the paper’s front page revealed today. Lee Cain, Boris’s new communications director, donned the infamous costume during a stint at the Labour supporting newspaper and began ruffling Tory feathers during the 2010 general election, when he pursued David Cameron round the country.

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