Labour MP Stephen Kinnock hasn’t had the smoothest lockdown thus far.
He’s already fallen afoul of the police, after seemingly breaking lockdown rules regarding ‘essential visits’ to deliver birthday gifts to his dad, former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
@SKinnock @HelleThorning_S Hello @SKinnock we know celebrating your Dad’s birthday is a lovely thing to do, however… https://t.co/2gk2WYX7Xf— South Wales Police (@South Wales Police) 1585481100
And now his appearance on the first virtual Prime Minister’s Questions has prompted widespread derision.
Parliament returned from Easter recess today, offering MPs the first opportunity since the beginning of lockdown to ask the government direct questions about the handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
While some MPs, like newly minted Labour leader Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson’s stand-in Dominic Raab, were physically present, over 120 more appeared via video link from their homes, in adherence with social distancing rules.
Kinnock was one of those streaming from home and while no one expected him to turn up in sweatpants, watchers were somewhat surprised to see just how far he took it.
"Will the government... lift the loan cap to a level that will give our steel industry a fighting chance of survivi… https://t.co/2WiHE7ddwN— BBC Politics (@BBC Politics) 1587555914
The MP’s full suit was standard, especially given Speaker Lindsay Hoyle previously revealed attendees would be subject to the same dress code virtually as they would if physically present in the House of Commons.
But Kinnock’s decision to stand up when he asked a question raised some eyebrows, given he was a) in his own living room and b) only being filmed from the shoulders up.
Ditto did his choice to wear formal shoes and film himself from a bizarre sideways angle.
Questions were raised on social media.
Some said they were “baffled”.
Absolutely baffled by Stephen Kinnock's decision to wear formal shoes while doing #PMQs from home https://t.co/KgwtfpmNUs— Rob Fuller (@Rob Fuller) 1587555736
Others had rather choice words for the MP.
Stephen Kinnock *standing up in his own living room* to ask a question in parliament is Full Kit Wanker behaviour.— Elvis Buñuelo (@Elvis Buñuelo) 1587555391
His cinematography was 'praised'.
Others found earlier predictions about MPs sartorial choices becoming very prescient.
How many MPs at home, are wearing proper trousers, track suit bottoms or pyjama trousers at PMQ? I’m looking at Ste… https://t.co/zkTy8mf8wC— Peas (@Peas) 1587555405
Kinnock himself seemed rather proud of his ensemble.
Suited, booted and getting ready for Prime Minister’s Questions #PMQs Always good to have a shoe box and a pair of… https://t.co/eoRPmwvf6G— Stephen Kinnock (@Stephen Kinnock) 1587552179
We’ll stick to leggings and a big t-shirt thanks...