After working from home for months, you would have hoped MPs had like many of us mastered the tools of video conferencing.
But a technology glitch today briefly stopped one MP’s speech because he sounded ‘like a Dalek’ from Doctor Who.
Tory MP Scott Mann was taking part in a House of Commons debate over the effects of the Covid pandemic on dentistry via video link.
But when the North Cornwall MP tried to take part his voice came out much deeper and slower than expected.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans quickly intervened and said: ‘Scott, you sound like a Dalek and I don’t mean that unkindly. There’s clearly a communications problem.’
MPs on both sides of the House could then be seen laughing at Mr Mann’s technology woes.
‘Let’s see if the audio is less scary,’ remarked Mr Evans as he called Mr Mann later in the debate.
Laughing, Mr Mann said: ‘Apologies from North Cornwall.’
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans quickly intervened on Mr Mann’s technology woes, comparing his voice to that of a Dalek (pictured)
The North Cornwall MP told MailOnline that he suffering some slight embarrassment in the Commons he quickly discovered the fault with the microphone plugged into his computer
The 43-year-old luckily didn’t suffer any further problems, having discovered the issue was down to a problem with his microphone.
He told MailOnline: ‘Unfortunately I had a faulty microphone and had to unplug it and start again. We inadvertently brought a bit of humour into the Chamber this afternoon though which is always nice.
‘Mr Deputy Speaker was kind enough to let me have another go shortly afterwards – so I was able to speak on the important topic of access to NHS dental services in North Cornwall.’
‘Hybrid’ sittings of Parliament, where MPs can take part in proceedings either in the House or virtually, were first allowed on April 21 last year in response to the pandemic.