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Rugby Balls Up for Penning

Mike Penning dropped the ball when he tried to knock Jeremy Corbyn into touch for deciding not to go to England’s opening game in the Rugby World Cup.

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"As a rugby nut who’d go anywhere to see England play” thundered Penning, “I cannot believe anybody, let alone the Leader of the Opposition, would not support our country."

It turns out, however, Jeremy was where most of us are on a Friday afternoon – at work.

A red faced Penning faced a social media backlash after it turned out that Jeremy, who had only told World Cup organisers that he had a prior commitment, was meeting constituents at his regular Friday afternoon surgery.

Constituent, Daisy Barber, wrote on Facebook,

"Yesterday he sat down for a private meeting with my sister in law to talk about her housing situation.  Despite a waiting room full of people outside, and having recently been elected Leader of the Opposition, he nevertheless took his time to listen to and her story and fully understand the issues.  He treated her with compassion and dignity throughout, and promised to personally look into the case.

"On top of that, he insisted she return later so he could meet her kids.

"By this time it was gone 5pm on a Friday, when he should otherwise have been on route to the Rugby World Cup.

"That's scrumming down for England in my opinion."

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