SNP politician gets a yellow card for football ‘fun’ in the Commons
Watch: Hannah Bardell looks like a better baller than Tony Blair ever was.
Over the years, John Bercow has reprimanded MPs for various misdemeanours. But until today, he had never told off any MPs for playing with their balls in the Commons.
The culprit was the SNP’s Hannah Bardell who had been due to play for the UK Women's Parliamentary Football Club on Tuesday.
When the match was cancelled, some of the female MPs made up for it by taking photographs in the chamber wearing their football tops. And Bardell also posted a video on social media of herself playing keepy-uppy.
In a statement to the Commons on Wednesday, John Bercow said: "It has been brought to my attention that some football skills were displayed in the chamber yesterday evening after the House rose… I think I can speak for us all when I say that our historic chamber should not be used for this type of activity.”
The Speaker also said he had received "gracious, indeed fulsome" letters of apology from Tracey Crouch and Labour MPs Stephanie Peacock and Louise Haigh.
Bardell has taken a different approach, telling the Daily Record that she sees no need to apologise: "This was a bit of fun on x-party basis and the women’s parly team cut through some of the divisions through sport and football. It’s 1-0 to Commons sense and fun!"
For the record, Bardell managed to achieve a solid seven kick ups on her first attempt. Her football footage comes a few years after Tony Blair was filmed kicking a ball around with slightly less aplomb.
To be fair, Blair had said that things could only get better…