The successful whole face transplant carried out in the USA has led to suggestions that Government ministers be offered this remarkable surgical procedure.
Junior Health Minister, Dr. Timothy Small, has proposed that the surgery be first offered to front bench ministers.
"There are frequent occasions when our front bench colleagues are put under considerable facial strain. How many times have we seen these ministers having to contort the visage? This may look easy but it takes its toll. Remember Sir Alex Douglas Home and Michael Foot who both sacrificed their looks in the service to their party." said Dr. Small.
"For example" he continued "the delivery of a bare-faced lie, keeping a poker face, maintaining a straight face, use of the back teeth while prevaricating, the odd brave face, all of these are part of a ministers daily routine."
"Frequent turning of the other cheek, handling tabloid bombshells without a blush, facing up to stroppy foreign heads of state or the likes of Jeremy Paxman without blinking, the list is endless." he stressed.
"No amount of makeup can save a person from the inevitable facial breakdown such as we have all witnessed in Anne Widdecombe and John Prescott. Not a pretty sight." said Dr. Small.