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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Who's the Tory air guitarist?

MPs sometimes get bored in the chamber. They chunter, they whisper, they jeer, they idly scour their Blackberries.

But today, one backbencher seems to have decided to play air guitar (with his order paper as his Fender Stratocaster) during proceedings.

Unfortunately for him, it was during the very sombre subject of armed forces redundancies - and this blog* has now spotted him.

Check out the footage from 5mins 35 secs here on the BBC Democracy Live site (the guitarist also starts noodling around 4mins 56secs, earlier). It's quite eye-popping.

Even better, I've now got this vid embedded:

 

The identity of the Tory MP is still unknown, but I'm sure someone out there will tell me. He has a rather fetching yellow striped tie, sits directly behind Liam Fox but isn't his PPS (that's Tobias Ellwood).

Here's my blurry close-up. He's on the far left on the bench behind Foxy.

 

The only other mystery is which rock riffs the Tory MP was strumming. Does anyone recognise 'em?

 

FOOTNOTE: As usual folks, please credit PoliticsHome if you want to link to this great find.

 

UPDATE: I'm told (via @maxiefreedman) that the MP in question is Graham Evans, new MP for Weaver Vale. I've put a call into his Commons office. Sadly, the ansaphone doesn't feature any instrumental guitar.

7pm UPDATE. The lovely folks at ITV News have now put up a vid with sound, check it out HERE

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