Eric Pickles faced suggestions today that he is delaying Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium proposals because he is a supporter of their north London rivals Arsenal.
Spurs are waiting on the Department for Communities and Local Government to decide if the Premier League club will be granted a compulsory purchase order to buy land for the their planned 56,250 capacity stadium.
Tottenham MP David Lammy questioned why the decision had been with DCLG for 14 months. He then sought assurances that Communities Secretary Mr Pickles is not an Arsenal fan.
Planning Minister Nick Boles replied:
At that point, even Commons Speaker John Bercow got involved:
Mr Lammy could be heard to jokingly say "terrible" in response to Mr Bercow's announcement of his football loyalties.
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