Ex-MP says facial surgery was 'maintenance'
25 April 2013Former Conservative Member of Parliament Louise Mensch has admitted for the first time that she underwent cosmetic surgery while she served in the House of Commons. Mrs Mensch, the former MP for the Northamptonshire town of Corby, fronted up during an appearance on the BBC's Newsnight programme when she was booked to comment on the findings of an independent review into the sector, carried out by NHS medical services director, Dr Bruce Keogh. For Mrs Mensch, her revelation was an about-turn from her stance during the three years for which she served as an MP, when she refused to answer questions about her appearance, claiming that commentators were trying to "trivialise" female politicians by focusing on their appearance. The former MP, who is now an author, writing under her maiden name of Louise Bagshawe, described her own treatment in the Daily Telegraph as "a little tightening". The Guardian reporter who first asked the question apparently did so after spotting a scar under Ms Mensch's chin, and she told the Daily Mail: "I refused to answer that question, not because I was embarrassed about the procedure but because people are always trying to trivialise women politicians based on their appearance."