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'Ginger Rodent' beer inspired by Danny Alexander served in Commons

Danny Alexander and Harriet Harman
Image caption Danny Alexander looks on as Harriet Harman pulls a pint of Ginger Rodent

A beer created after Labour's Harriet Harman called Lib Dem rival Danny Alexander a 'ginger rodent' is being served at the House of Commons.

Ms Harman, who made the comment at a Scottish Labour conference, pulled a pint of Ginger Rodent in the parliament's Strangers Bar.

Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group attended Tuesday's launch.

The beer is made by Cairngorm Brewery in Mr Alexander's Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency.

Poked fun

Ms Harman made her ginger rodent comment in October 2010 during an attack on the Liberal Democrats for forming a coalition with the Conservatives.

Later, a spokeswoman said Ms Harman admitted the comment was wrong and she had apologised personally by telephone to Mr Alexander.

At the time Mr Alexander wrote on Twitter that he was "proud to be ginger".

He added that "rodents do valuable work cleaning up mess others leave behind".

The Liberal Democrat MP poked fun at the insult in his 2011 parliamentary Christmas card, which showed a red squirrel running around in snow.

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