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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

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Fireman Joe Smoke the only person ever to be captured on film spontaneously combusting back in 1954

The Tory stalwart politician Ken Clarke spontaneously combusted during a business luncheon in London this afternoon.

The Shadow Business Secretary was in the middle of a speech at Mansion House

Camilla Cheval was sitting next to him when it happened. "It was awful one minute he was guffawing at his own joke the next there was a bang, smell of burning flesh, wisps of smoke and he was gone."

Peter Entwhistle was also present, "I couldn't believe it when it happened. I looked into my pint of Guiness and found both his cufflinks bobbing up and down."

Jonathan Herhahah, a close friend of Mr Clarke, paid this tribute. "He always said his career would go up in smoke someday, but I don't think even he quite meant this."

The Tory leader David Cameron summed up the feeling in Parliament.

"Ken was hugely talented man. It takes some doing to just combust spontaneously. I don't know many people who could do that. And true to the end he was a very considerate man."

Thankfully Ken was largely unharmed by the ordeal.

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