David Cameron’s barber, Raffaele Claudio Carbosiero, known as Lino, has been awarded an MBE in the UK New Year honours list, apparently, for being instrumental to changing the PM’s parting from his right side to his left side.
According to the Guardian, however, officially, it’s for “services to hairdressing”.
The barber has styled the hair of the rich and famous for decades and is known for changing the prime minister’s hair from a right to a left-hand parting in 2010 as it appears in the picture above. In the Prime Minister’s image to the left his hair is parted to his right hand side but in the image to the right (taken after ‘Lino’ took over) his hair is parted to his left hand side.
The hairdresser has also styled the hair of Madonna, Jason Donovan and X Factor contestants for the first three series, and counts celebrities such as
Philip Schofield and Ant and Dec among his friends. He now works at the upmarket Daniel Galvin salon in Marylebone, central London.
“As a ‘showbiz’ stylist, Lino’s renowned skills of celebrity hair-cutting and styling are recognised throughout the world,” his website says.
Asked about the honour for Carbosiero, Cameron’s official spokesman said: “Gosh. Decisions around honours – there is an independent process. It is one for them.”
The prime minister’s hair has provided much material for sketchwriters over the years, most notably in 2008 when the then leader of the opposition briefly opted for a centre parting. Carbosiero was named as Cameron’s hairdresser in 2010, prompting speculation he had been recommended by the prime minister’s wife, Samantha.
Carbosiero told the Evening Standard that getting the official letter initially left him shocked and panicked, before he found it was giving him an honour.
“I thought I hadn’t paid my taxes,” he said.
He added: “[The clients] have to trust you. I have been in situations where people have talked about things and I’ve not blinked an eyelid. I don’t blab and I’m respected for it.”