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Friday, 18 March 2011

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Burnley M.P Gordon Birtwistle has been censored for playing with a children's Mobile in the House of Commons.

John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, had to tell the Liberal Democrat MP to put the mobile away and sit down as the rotating leaves and colourful rainforest animals were distracting the MPs from an important debate on fuel charges.

Bercow commented :

"While I personally find the Mozart background music most relaxing, the sound of frogs croaking becomes very disruptive after a while.

"I would also suggest that the learned member for Burnley's argument for supporting the government's VAT increase on petrol was severely undermined by the constant squawking of South American macaws.

"While I had a certain degree of sympathy with Mr Birtwistle's views on the thorny subject of fuel prices, I was left with no option but to expel the learned member from the chamber when he interrupted his comments in order to insert 4 new AA batteries into the appliance".

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