Thursday, February 28, 2013

Don't tempt her

A bit of banter during questions to the Prime Minister about today's Eastleigh by-election and comparisons of the Conservative candidate to Sarah Palin --

John Glen (Salisbury) (Con): Recently, large numbers of my constituents have taken a great interest in political campaigning in the neighbouring county. My belief is that it is always best when local people have a strong independent voice, particularly if they are in favour of controlling immigration, making welfare fairer and an in/out referendum. Does the Prime Minister agree with me that the people of Eastleigh would be well advised to vote for Maria Hutchings tomorrow? 

The Prime Minister: I thank my hon. Friend for his hard work and for the ingenious way he managed to get that question in order—[Interruption.] 

Mr Speaker: Order. The hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) should not keep yelling from a sedentary position “Sarah Palin”. She at least is not a candidate in the Eastleigh by-election.