Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was the surprise guest speaker at this week’s Journalists’ Charity reception at the Irish Embassy in London, using the occasion to call for a written constitution with a Bill of Rights for the UK.

Clegg was introduced by Embassy of Ireland press officer Clare Brosnan for the annual event and thanked by new Journalists’ Charity chair Sue Ryan who mentioned that the Deputy Prime Minister was only the second returning speaker after Margaret Thatcher.

Guests were drawn from across the media spectrum, including Jeremy Paxman, Trinity Mirror CEO Simon Fox, Eleanor Mills, Michael Crick and Neville Thurlbeck. Julie Etchingham, Mark Austin, Adam Boulting, Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton were also part of the full-house crowd. The London Press Club – a proud supporter who raised a record £40,000 for the charity in 2014 – was represented by chair Doug Wills and board members Ray Massey, Bill Hagerty and Robin Esser.

Read the full Journalists’ Charity account or find out how you can support the charity.