David Cameron says Gary Lineker should present Match of the Day in his pants
Tory leader's unlikely call comes after leaders’ PMQs clash branded ‘brutal’ and ‘worst ever’
Prime Minister’s Questions ended on a bum note today as David Cameron suggested that he wanted to see Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker turning up for work in his underpants.
The BBC star said in December that he would present the show in “just my undies” if his former team Leicester City won the Premier League.
In the Commons today, Leicester MP Keith Vaz congratulated to his local team on their success. Turning to Lineker’s words, he asked of the prime minister: “Does he agree that in politics as well as in football when you make a promise you should keep it?”
The prime minister replied that he welcomed the presenter’s pledge earlier in the season and called him out for refusing to stand by it in recent days:
“I've been watching everything Gary Lineker has said since, he's not quite answering the question, something that of course no one ever gets away with in this House - I welcome what he says, obviously I hope it's just the start of him joining the blue team."
Minutes later, Lineker acknowledged the exchange, tweeting: "If that's what does if for you, Prime Minister..."
The lighthearted moment came shortly after Cameron had said that the UK will take in more unaccompanied Syrian refugee children from Europe.
Following heavy pressure from all sides of the Commons, the Tory leader said he had accepted a revised amendment to the Immigration Bill put forward by Labour peer Lord Dubs.
Cameron did not provide a figure, but said: "I am also talking to Save the Children to see what we can do more, particularly about children who came here before the EU-Turkey deal was signed."
Earlier on, Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn tore strips of each other after the prime minister attacked the Labour leader’s alleged extremist sympathies.
Cameron repeatedly called on Corbyn to retract a remark about being “friends” with the terrorist group Hamas – and the Labour leader responded by disassociating himself from the group.
Corbyn then excoriated Cameron for the Conservative campaign against Sadiq Khan in London, describing it as a “smear”. But in a last-ditch effort to help Zac Goldsmith, Cameron stood by the controversial campaign and argued that Labour “puts extremists over working people”.
Commentators agreed that the “brutal” and “vicious” clash was not a great advert for British politics, while The Daily Telegraph’s Chris Hope called it the "worst ever".