Michael Fabricant is going on Celebrity First Dates, Theresa May reveals
The prime minister titillated Tory MPs by dropping a showbiz exclusive during PMQs
There were unprecedented scenes at Prime Minister’s Questions today as Theresa May appeared to break an exclusive piece of showbiz news – followed by a customary bad joke.
After Jeremy Corbyn had finished interrogating the prime minister over disability cuts and public sector pay, the wildcard Conservative backbencher Michael Fabricant popped up to ask a question.
In response, the prime minister adopted her favoured tactic of ignoring the question and focusing on something else.
"I have noticed that my honourable friend apparently is shortly to appear on a Channel 4 programme called Celebrity First Dates," she declared, to excited murmurings on the Conservative benches.
Having titillated Tory MPs with that nugget, she then brought the energy levels back down again with a joke: "What I’m not sure about is whether my honourable friend is the celebrity or the first date."
Celebrity First dates sets well-known people up on blind dates and has previously featured the likes of TV presenter Esther Rantzen and Atomic Kitten member Natasha Hamilton.
Fabricant has previously been linked with West Midlands mayor and former John Lewis boss Andy Street.
But the prime minister’s bombshell revelation suggests that Fabricant is not currently in a relationship.