Tuna-gate! Who stole Leicester MP Liz Kendall's lunch out of Westminster fridge?
We have all been there – that awful moment when you realise your carefully prepared, eagerly awaited packed lunch has been pilfered.
Leicester West MP Liz Kendall was furious when her tuna salad was nabbed from the communal fridge at her Westminster office – and she let the thief know full the extent of her wrath.
In a warning note to fridge-sharers, Ms Kendall wrote: "I do not appreciate this and warn other people – don't leave anything here unless you're happy for it to go missing."
The warning, left on the fridge door, was quickly followed by a reply, saying: "I took it... and I'd do it again".
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A third note, by someone who shares the Parliamentary Street office with Ms Kendall, called the thief "a very sick individual".
Photos of the notes were sent to anonymous tweeter EyeSpyMP and posted on Twitter yesterday.
When the Mercury contacted Ms Kendall's office manager about the issue, we were told the Leicester MP was too busy campaigning in Corby to talk about the trauma of losing her lunch.
However. Ms Kendall later took to Twitter herself.
She wrote: "I'm too busy campaigning to speculate on the identity of the Westminster tuna salad thief.
"But from now on I'll be eating a bigger breakfast."
Alexander Cruz Vidal, adviser to Nigel Evans MP, tweeted that the saga "has been keeping a sleepy Westminster entertained all afternoon".
Another Twitter user, Simon Chapman, said: "Hope whoever stole @leicesterliz's tuna salad ends up in the can. "
The Mercury took to the streets of Leicester yesterday to ask people to share their own stories of stolen lunch woes.
David Knight, 19, a student from the city, said: "I lived with some people last year and they used to take my food.
"I didn't like it and I told them not to. They stole my Coca-Cola and my cabbage. Then I moved out."
Sue Moore, 51, a care home worker from Oadby, said: "How rude to steal someone's lunch.
"At work, we have a communal kitchen. People help themselves to milk, sugar, and to our coffee. They ignore the stickers we put on. It's theft."
Student Chisha Chitambala, 21, from Narborough, said: "It's not the biggest thing in the world, but if I'm coming home from work and I'm expecting it to be in the fridge and it's gone, then I wouldn't be very happy."