Louise Mensch: Tory MP turns down Rear of the Year nomination

Louise Mensch turns down Rear of the Year nomination saying ‘my constituents wouldn’t approve’ (although she still appeared in sexy GQ shoot)

MP Louise Mensch has turned down her nomination for the Rear of the Year competition.

Organisers say that admirers have been voting for the chick-lit novelist in their droves, but she has pulled out because she believes her constituents would not approve.

The contest, which is in its 30th year, has previously been won by presenters Carol Vorderman and Denise Van Outen and singers Rachel Stevens and Charlotte Church.

'We have been receiving nominations for her since the start of the year and we needed to check if she was happy with this before the next stage,' said Tony Edwards, a spokesman for the Rear of the Year award.

Declined: Louise Mensch has turned down her nomination for the Rear of the Year award

Declined: Louise Mensch has turned down her nomination for the Rear of the Year award

'She told us she was flattered to be nominated but that her constituents may not approve.

'We would be interested to find out what her constituents really think as the great British public has been voting for her.'

Louise, who is MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, has declined to comment on the nomination.

In contrast, Carol Vorderman was delighted to be presented with the award last year.

The award's organisers said Miss Vorderman received a 'deluge' of votes after her fabulous figure became the envy of many middle-aged women.

Ms Mensch defended her GQ magazine shoot recently, saying she was in a skirt and suit, in an intelligent magazine for which David Cameron and Tony Blair had posed - but declined her Rear of the Year award for fear constituents would be offended

Appropriate: Ms Mensch has defended her GQ shoot, saying she was in a skirt and shirt in an intelligent magazine for which David Cameron and Tony Blair had posed

She was named Rear Of The Year 2011 alongside male winner, Strictly Come Dancing professional Anton Du Beke.

Vorderman said at the time: 'I am really surprised and flattered to get this award, particularly at this stage of my life.

'I always suspected there were a lot of people out there who were glad to see the back of me, so this has turned out to be very funny indeed.'

This year's award will be presented at London’s Dorchester Hotel on June 21.

Previous winners: Anton Du Beke and Carol Vorderman were delighted to win last year's award

Previous winners: Anton Du Beke and Carol Vorderman were delighted to win last year's award

REAR OF THE YEAR AWARD: A POTTED HISTORY

The first Rear Of The Year Award was presented as a one-off accolade in 1976 to Barbara Windsor. It was a further five years before the award became an annual event with the presentation to Felicity Kendal in 1981. This was followed, in 1982 , with a presentation to Suzi Quatro and in 1983, to Lulu. Elaine Paige won in 1984, followed by Lynsey de Paul in 1985.

In 1986 The Rear of The Year Award was presented to its first male recipient: Michael Barrymore, who received the award at Olympia alongside Anneka Rice. In 1987 and 1988 Anita Dobson and Su Pollard received the top bottoms accolade. In 1991, the Rear Of The Year had its first royal recipient Marina Ogilvy, the daughter of Princess Alexandra.

After a two-year gap and change of format, Ulrika Jonsson won the next Rear of the Year Award in 1992.

Sarah Lancashire was the winner in 1993 and Mandy Smith and Richard Fairbrass were joint Rears of the year in 1994. The contest moved from autumn to spring and was next staged in 1996 with Tracy Shaw as the winner.

Since then the Rear of the Year award has been staged annually with the following winners:

1997 Melinda Messenger Gary Barlow
1998 Carol Smillie Frank Skinner
1999 Denise van Outen Robbie Williams
2000 Jane Danson Graham Norton
2001 Claire Sweeney John Altman
2002 Charlotte Church Scott Wright
2003 Natasha Hamilton Ronan Keating
2004 Alex Best Aled Haydn-Jones
2005 Nell McAndrew Will Young
2006 Javine Hylton Ian Wright
2007 Sian Lloyd Lee Mead
2008 Jennifer Ellison Ryan Thomas
2009 Rachel Stevens Russell Watson
2010 Fiona Bruce Ricky Whittle
2011 Carol Vorderman Anton de Beke

Source: rearoftheyear.com