Labour MP Claudia Webbe’s speech in the United Kingdom Parliament is being discussed on the Internet, but, unfortunately, not for the content as much as a moment in between her remarks. Webbe, who rose to participate in the debate on the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Commons, was caught unaware when her mobile phone starting ringing.
The British parliamentarian apologised immediately and tried to stop the sound by pressing some keys. However, as she geared up to continue her speech, it began ringing again.
She picked up her phone and, in frustration, frantically tried to stop it from ringing. She then went on to angrily press some buttons before casting it aside with a loud thud as it hit the wooden bench. Then, without skipping a beat, she carried on with her speech.
Footage of the moment is being widely shared online, evoking a mixed response. Watch here:
The video met with some hilarious responses as many claimed they had “all been there” by forgetting to silence their phones. Few critics, however, said it was “unparliamentary behaviour” and described it as “rude”.
Don’t do this. Turn it off before entering. So rude and disrespectful. https://t.co/SHNyo4V835
— Phillip (@FreeUlsterman) July 3, 2020
Probably easier to put it on silent I imagine https://t.co/n7mDEco7gd
— Jamie (@GingerPower_) July 2, 2020
Reasonable response to someone calling without WhatsApping first. Should be considered a form of GBH really. https://t.co/AC23jXN93Z
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) June 30, 2020
For all of us who‘ve been on air when this has happened… https://t.co/PQgzZnlPSf
— Tony Roe 👓 (@tonyroe) July 1, 2020
oi nah. this is great https://t.co/iRj4151hnF
— Ιman Amrani | ايمان (@ImaniAmrani) June 30, 2020
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? https://t.co/qNAhioxea7
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) June 30, 2020
I could totally see this as part of a comedy sketch.
Full on smash https://t.co/yR4GJdGTYI
— Captain Keyworker 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🏴🌈 (@Rhys_fantastico) June 30, 2020
Nothing says ‘Don’t call me again’ like not talking the call and then smashing the phone on live television.
— Mother of Dragon (@ElbaDragon) June 30, 2020
Looks like someone was pranking her!
I used to enjoy testing which members of my team still had their phone on during a briefing 😂 pic.twitter.com/xuBzces4kO
— Ken Grange (@Kenny_Grange) July 1, 2020
To be fair it worked 🤷♂️🤣
— David B aka Tarquin (@DavidBbolton86) July 1, 2020
Ha ha – I’ve had that happen in town council meetings, pretty awks when it happens in a tiny room where everyone already resents you…
— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) June 30, 2020
What do you think of the video?
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