Rodney was popular name in 1930s but became source of mirth after 1981 when Only Fools and Horses aired

Much has been written about the tears shed during Keir Starmer’s interview with Piers Morgan. But there were laughs too – not least when the Labour leader revealed that his middle name was Rodney.

The audience guffawed at this revelation, confirming why Starmer hated it so much that he pretended he didn’t have a middle name when filling in his marriage certificate in 2007. His friends later played a trick on him by faking a letter from Essex Council which suggested that as he had not used his full name, the marriage was null and void.

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