Bluebirds' promotion sends MP over the moon

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Cardiff City have won promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in more than 50 years.

Politicians at Westminster may have had other things on their mind today but the Bluebirds' triumph has not gone unnoticed here.

Stephen Doughty may be Wales's newest MP but he is learning the ropes fast. No sooner had parliament resumed this afternoon than Mr Doughty was on his feet to put a point of order to the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow.

"Mr Speaker, the honourable member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan) and I would be very interested to know if you've had notice of a statement from the Minister for Sport on the remarkable news last night that it was confirmed that as of next season 10 per cent of the clubs in the English premier league will in fact be Welsh as a result of Cardiff City's promotion to the premier league last night."

Mr Bercow doesn't normally appreciate diversions off the parliamentary agenda, but responded generously: "I have received no notification of any such ministerial statement but the statement, albeit not of an official character and not by a minister has just been delivered by the honourable gentleman."

And so City's promotion will make it into tomorrow's Hansard. It may be true that most politicians can jump aboard a passing bandwagon quicker than Usain Bolt can run 100 metres, but Mr Doughty points out that he's been a fan since the age of seven.

In the circumstances, the Speaker must be relieved Mr Doughty didn't ask him to "do the Ayatollah".