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Alec Shelbrooke has hit back at critics who wrongly claimed he had fallen asleep in the House of Commons.
The Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell dismissed the allegations as 'politics', suggesting that the story had been talked up by the Labour party after they lost the debate over the Trade Union Bill.
Mr Shelbrooke has a mild hearing impairment and was in fact leaning back to listen to a speaker in the back of his seat, which is in place to help MPs hear what is going on in the echoey chamber.
As a 'thick-skinned politician', Mr Shelbrooke said he is able to dismiss the comments as 'unfair'. but suggested that 'many people will be quite upset by this story.' He said he hopes the incident will 'put an end to the nonsense' of MPs being accused of not paying attention in the Commons.
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