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By Andrew John     Jan 20, 2011 in Politics
A British Member of Parliament has apologized after his novelty musical tie began playing during a House of Commons debate.
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi – who represents William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon – was making a speech about the Education Maintenance Allowance, says the BBC.
He was wearing the red musical tie as part of an anti-cancer campaign he is supporting.
The tinny tune played out for about 20 seconds as MPs looked around them to see what the noise was. Then, Zahawi realized what had happened: his tie had become inadvertently switched on. He switched it off.
The deputy Speaker, Dawn Primarolo, told him: “Perhaps next time the honourable gentleman will be more selective in the ties he wears in the chamber and then we won’t need the musical accompaniment.”
Zahawi, who supports the charity Beat Bowel Cancer, told her: “Your words of wisdom are taken on board and I apologize to you.”
The BBC says: “Later in the debate, opposition Labour MP George Howarth began his speech by saying: ‘Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to be able to compete with the honourable gentleman with regards our respective ties – but I rather hope I’ll surpass him on the arguments he’s just made.’”
Craziest Parking Ticket
Iraq-born Zahawi is a co-founder of the Internet-based market research firm YouGov, and was its CEO till February last year.
It’s not the first time Zahawi has been in the news for unusual events. A few years go he got a parking ticket while he was in an ambulance.
“A couple of years ago,” he told the Telegraph in 2006, “I was knocked off my moped by a speeding driver. As I lay in the back of an ambulance with medics tending to my leg, which had nearly snapped in two, a traffic warden oblivious to my misfortunes was slapping a parking ticket on my very-obviously-destroyed bike.
“The funniest thing was that I won the Craziest Parking Ticket of the year award as a result of it.”
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