Speaker calls it a day as the latest Commons leak is investigated

Written on 4 April 2019 in Editorial

Leaks heading from the press gallery to MPs is not the refreshing change of direction that it sounds.

As MPs broke from all things Brexit to debate loan charges this afternoon, water began pouring into the Commons press gallery from the roof, prompting Lindsay Hoyle to adjourn for the day.

While sessions earlier this week had been expected to run into the wee hours, the Speaker declared at 3.12pm today: "Goodnight everybody".

It wasn’t long before the gags and puns came tumbling down at the same rate, with Lib Dem Ed Davey quick out of the blocks.

The former minister quipped: “Leak in Parliament! Loan Charge debate in Commons being disrupted by noise of a massive water leak. Water going into press gallery - at the moment! Debate partly around the “umbrella” companies involved in Loan Charge MPs might need umbrellas soon! Sitting suspended!!”

Tory MP Ross Thomson added: “Not the first time there has been a leak in Parliament I’m sure”.

Minutes before it was all called off, Labour MP Justin Madders joked: "I hope I can complete my speech before rain stops play - I think there's probably some kind of symbol about how broken Parliament is there."

Meanwhile Sun on Sunday Political Editor David Wooding went with: “Unfortunately, it is pouring into the Press Gallery rather than [on] the drips who can’t decide how to Brexit.”

MPs might think they have enough on their plate at the moment, but as everyone knows: When it rains, it pours.



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