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Tory MP lost his seat over a pounds 2 tip.

Dumped Tory MP Rupert Allason could have saved his Parliamentary job - by tipping loyal waiters pounds 2.

Just before the election the skinflint splashed out on a slap-up meal but left no tip for the st`aff.

So the 14 furious Tory waiters switched sides, determined to vote for his Lib-Dem rival Adrian Saunders.

And a week later Allason lost his Commons seat...by just 12 votes.

Multi-millionaire Allason and a guest were given VIP treatment at the Thatched Tavern, in Maidencombe village, near Torquay.

"I went out specially to pick blue flowers for his table," said waitress Sue Austin.

But the Tory, who writes spy novels under the name Nigel West, repaid their hospitality with a string of moans.

"If he'd left even a couple of pounds, he'd still be an MP," said Sue. "We had gone to a lot of trouble for him."

Ian Dearling, Allason's spokesman, said: ""I've never heard the likes of it before."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 18, 1997
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