That's one way to stop it ringing! MP Claudia Webbe slams her phone on the floor in the Commons
Labour MP Claudia Webbe was in full flow in the House of Commons yesterday when she was rudely interrupted - not by another member of the house, but by her own mobile phone.
Webbe, MP for Leicester East, looked hugely frustrated as she was forced to break off from the important address on immigration when the lively ringtone went off behind her.
Apologising to the house, she tried in vain to continue, only for the caller to keep persistently on the line.
Cameras in the Commons picked up the moment Webbe then, clearly exasperated, clattered her phone to the chamber floor where it eventually fell silent.
The footage was highlighted by political reporter Alain Tolhurst, who posted the incident on Twitter - and it's now already been watched more than 100,000 times.
Many of those suggested that the MP could have dealt with the noise more calmly.
@WellBuiltLair wrote: 'She could have put it on mute. No need for drama.'
@OBroinG added: 'She should apologise to the Speaker, her constituents and donate a months salary to charity for her sheer rudeness.
'All MP’s mobile phones should be switched off in the chamber - not on silent but turned off so they can give full attention to what’s going on.'
Others were sympathetic, saying it had happened to them.
@AndyHal98429306 wrote: 'She dropped her phone, hardly the end of the world is it, don't be so ridiculous.'
@PiersMeynell penned: 'Imagine you're trying to give a key speech as an MP in the Commons ...
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