Politicians must hate it when their other halves publicly humiliate them

The local government minister, Brandon Lewis, was very publicly corrected by his wife on Twitter when, during a TV interview, he confused whether he could recycle yoghurt pots in his area.

He can, however, take solace from the fact that other politicians have been left red-faced by their significant others...

Sally Bercow

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Not your average Speaker's wife, Mrs Bercow was shoved into the spotlight after she posed in just a bedsheet for an ES Magazine photoshoot in 2011, and hit the headlines again this year when she was photographed kissing a DJ in a nightclub.

Richard Timney

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The former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, was shocked when reports emerged that her husband had submitted a parliamentary expenses form for pornographic films, which she had been found to have signed off.

The details were made public during the expenses scandal in 2009 and ended her political career.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

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Nick Clegg's Spanish wife, Miriam, was hired by the US food conglomerate Kraft just three weeks before the Liberal Democrat leader dubbed its takeover of Cadbury "just plain wrong".

She provided advice for the legal services firm DLA Piper on trade after the deal in 2010.

Samantha Cameron

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The Prime Minister was ridiculed for leaving his eight-year-old daughter, Nancy, in a pub in 2012, but his wife, Samantha, insisted that she was to blame for abandoning Nancy because she forgot to check the ladies' toilets on the way out.

Sir Denis Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher's husband never took Westminster politics too seriously, but occasionally his humour would embarrass his wife.

He was reported to have once said to the Duchess of York: "Has it ever occurred to you to keep your mouth shut?"

Michelle Obama

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The US First Lady, Michelle Obama, suffered a slip of the tongue during a television interview in which she described herself as a "busy single mother" before quickly correcting herself and laughing off the gaffe.

She told CBS she meant to say she was a "busy working mom".

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