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As seven Labour MPs announced their split from the party in a packed press conference, a BBC microphone inadvertently picked up someone mumbling commentary.
And the theme of the commentary?: “We’re f****d.”
On Monday morning, MPs Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Chuka Umuna said they had left the Labour party.
For Berger, antisemitism, bullying and intimidation was central to her decision, while for Leslie “Brexit was the tipping point”.
hot mic BBC moment during ex-Labour MPs' press conference
'not going to lie, between this and Brexit we're fucked… https://t.co/Nh7VZNEcxL — Matthew Champion (@Matthew Champion)
And as Berger made her announcement, someone’s whispered comments were picked up on the audio of the BBC’s coverage of the conference.
They can be heard saying:
This is mad.Not going to lie, between this and Brexit we’re f***d.The Conservatives are going to win.
This is mad.
Not going to lie, between this and Brexit we’re f***d.
The Conservatives are going to win.
@jimwaterson Just the subconscious of Britain you're hearing. It's actually in your own head, 60+million people's s… https://t.co/BIZCXNBuCY — Bo Diddley Dobbin (@Bo Diddley Dobbin)
@DaddyPobbin @jimwaterson An intriguing possibility - a national subconscious, channelled. https://t.co/Jt8q6XbOvG — Malcolm Theophille 🇪🇺3.5%🇪🇺 #FBPE #RejoinEU (@Malcolm Theophille 🇪🇺3.5%🇪🇺 #FBPE #RejoinEU)
@jimwaterson @MitchBenn To be fair, the last line could literally apply to anything that has happened in the last few years. — Agent Matthew (@Agent Matthew)
@jimwaterson @WingsScotland First honest commentary the BBC has made in a long time then? — Innes Macleod #FBPE #Remain 🏴🇪🇺 (@Innes Macleod #FBPE #Remain 🏴🇪🇺)
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