An MP’s likeness to an airline pilot has proven to be a source of amusement for House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Conservative Bob Blackman has been contributing virtually to Parliament since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in mid-March.
The Harrow East MP’s appearances in the Chamber via video link while wearing a headset led Sir Lindsay to jokingly refer to his appearance being suited to someone landing a plane.
It's been a pretty tough news week so I put together a video of all the times Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has joked about Tory MP Bob Blackman looking like a pilot during his virtual contributions since March.
Spoiler: It's a lot of times. pic.twitter.com/KB4RBDRVDA
— Lewis McKenzie (@LewisMcKenzie94) September 23, 2020
On one occasion when inviting Mr Blackman to speak, the Speaker said: “Ground control to first officer Bob Blackman!”
The MP responded: “Thank you Mr Speaker, and if you knew the broadband experience in north London, you’d know why I need to wear this headset.”
Speaking to the PA News Agency, Mr Blackman said: “(There’s) nothing wrong with mild leg-pulling as long as it is in the right spirit and this is in that category!
“I think Mr Speaker is secretly rather jealous of my rather natty headphones and microphone!”
He added: “I certainly take the view that I would rather be heard loud and clear than suffer a garbled end to my question as has happened to so many of my colleagues.
“It is also better to be recognised than being anonymous!”