MP’s likeness to airline pilot during virtual contributions amuses Speaker Lindsay Hoyle

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.

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.”

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