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MP James Gray gives House of Commons the silent treatment

Swindon Advertiser: James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire

MP James Gray briefly left House of Commons speechless this morning after microphones failed during the first 10 minutes of debate.

Ministers, backbenchers and spectators in the gallery were left straining to hear as Conservative Mr Gray, MO for North Wiltshire, rose to his feet to ask about the number of new railway stations since privatisation at the beginning of Transport questions.

The lack of sound caused a flurry of behind-the-scenes panic as Hansard reporters and journalists struggled to make out the whispered exchanges across the floor.

After a few minutes, Commons Speaker John Bercow called "Order",

stating: "The House will have noticed the microphones aren't working. I gather that these matters are being attended to."

To laughter from the benches, he added that he thought members would have no trouble in making themselves heard.

BBC Parliament temporarily broadcast proceedings with no sound, posting a written message at the bottom of the screen saying: "We apologise for the loss of sound."

The microphones were eventually switched back on without fanfare, prompting sighs of relief all round.

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12:12pm Thu 28 Feb 13

SimoJeff says...

Slow news day at Adver towers?! This isn't a story!!
Slow news day at Adver towers?! This isn't a story!! SimoJeff
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1:21pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dummer_Frauenfahrer says...

This rat walked out on his wife whilst she was suffering from cancer so that he could be with his mistress. A great shame he cannot be silenced on a more permanent basis.
This rat walked out on his wife whilst she was suffering from cancer so that he could be with his mistress. A great shame he cannot be silenced on a more permanent basis. Dummer_Frauenfahrer
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8:55am Fri 1 Mar 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

However did they manage before microphones were installed?
However did they manage before microphones were installed? Mrs Donnyfly
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10:22pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Good old gazette and herald,i think you will find it is the house of commons but not house of commons.try sending your reporters to school.perhaps an English lesson.
Good old gazette and herald,i think you will find it is the house of commons but not house of commons.try sending your reporters to school.perhaps an English lesson. Grumpy of Calne.
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