Laura Pidcock chooses Facebook over the Daily Mail to explain Venice trip
The left winger refused to speak to the paper - but was unable to kill off a critical story.
Tory MP Douglas Ross was heavily criticised by Labour and SNP for missing a universal credit debate last week so he could be an assistant referee at a Champions League match.
So a few eyebrows were raised this week when Labour leftwinger Laura Pidcock was notably absent from an emergency debate on universal credit – 48 hours after being spotted boarding an easyJet flight to Venice from Edinburgh Airport.
What was Pidcock’s excuse for jetting off and tweeting from Venice as though she was in Parliament?
It transpires that the Labour MP had gone to Venice for three nights after being given flight tickets as a 30th birthday present (her actual birthday was on 19 August).
Pidcock says the tickets were bought by her partner before the general election had been called and that she tweeted from Italy about the universal credit debate because "naturally I was keeping up to speed with what was happening in London".
But she steadfastly refused to tell any of this to The Daily Mail as she "didn’t want to give them the oxygen of publicity".
Instead she finally broke her silence on Facebook today. After the Mail had already ran the story in the paper...