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Chope serves up a clanger

Chope serves up a clanger

Another case of foot-in-mouth disease from the Commons this morning, when stalwart of the Tory back benches Christopher Chope rose to discuss the silliness of the parliamentary dining arrangements.

"Would he [John Thurso] agree with me that the situation last week when I dined on all three nights in the dining rooms and almost nobody else was present..." cue hoots of laughter and 'aww diddums' noises from the benches opposite.

Undeterred, Chopey pushed on with a good old-fashioned 'out-of-touch' faux pas.

"...but the service was absolutely fantastic, Mr Speaker, because there was sort of, three to one service, three servants for each person sitting down." - cue hoots of outrage on the Labour benches at the hapless Christopher.

And the inevitable Twitter umbrage-taking.