– Blair’s priest parties with transvestite ‘nuns’ (Daily Mail)
He is the best-known Catholic priest in Britain after Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster.
So it was only fitting that Father Michael Seed, 53 — the man who helped convert former Prime Minister Tony Blair to Catholicism — should mark 25 years in the priesthood with a mass at the Church Of The Immaculate Conception in Mayfair earlier this month.
So far, so acceptable. I can reveal, however, that Seed also had a second, rather less devout celebration — a champagne-fuelled party with entertainment provided by transvestites dressed as nuns.
A close friend of Father Seed’s arranged the bash at the Pigalle Club — housed in a pink basement in London’s Piccadilly and known for racy floor shows — to mark the anniversary of the well-connected priest’s ordination into the Franciscan Friars Of The Atonement.
The 200 guests, many of them fellow clergymen, were startled to be greeted at the door by four burly transvestites, who took their coats.
Party-goers — who ranged from clerics from the Diocese of Westminster to millionaire benefactors who had flown in for the celebrations by private jet — were again taken aback when the transvestites appeared on stage later wearing nuns’ habits.
The 6ft ‘nuns’ proceeded to give what can only be described as a rather unsuitable cabaret act. ‘A female singer came on first. She sang rather good, classic jazz
songs, which was fine,’ says one wide-eyed reveller.
‘But then these transvestites came on stage. Mouths dropped. Quite a few people scuttled off to the bar in embarrassment.
‘Lots of champagne had flowed and I can’t recall the songs that the nuns sang. Needless to say, they weren’t singing vespers!’
Father Seed — who also converted politician-turned-dance queen Ann Widdecombe and the late MP Alan Clark — is used to causing a stir.
His 2009 autobiography revealed he had met the Queen, how Miss Widdecombe organised an exorcism of the Home Office to rid the place of the evil aura left behind by Michael Howard, and how he often gets mistaken for a strippagram vicar.
Despite all this, Father Seed — who once acted as unofficial chaperone to Blair’s daughter, Kathryn — is currently setting up the Catholic Church’s committee on human dignity.