British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has announced his New Year's resolution to become a nudist.
"The naturist lifestyle has always appealed to me personally," he explained, adding, "But it is also a green issue as, by wearing less clothes, I will consume less of our planet's precious resources."
But those looking forward to seeing the burly Scotsman in all his nakedness will have to wait for a while, as he does not plan to shed his clothes immediately.
"I have always been known for my prudence," the PM said, "and I intend to take the same cautious approach to my new lifestyle. I will begin by not wearing socks as an introductory measure, but can see myself swiftly discarding my vest. Perhaps in a year I will go commando at the despatch box in the House of Commons. Depending on the outcome of the next election I will then remove my shirt and trousers."
The rest of his cabinet currently have no plans to join him in his new endeavour, though Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alasdair Darling, was spotted recently going to bed without a tie.
The Tory Party were quick to respond by claiming that this initiative had been stolen from them as all of their MPs were ardent nudists. "We love getting naked," a spokesperson said, "We are starkers most of the time, apart from in the winter when members wear a willy warmer. Especially the women."