Kiwi MP struggles to understand Scottish accent in House of Commons


A New Zealand-born MP had to ask the Scottish politician to repeat his question twice after he struggled to understand his Glaswegian accent.

A Conservative MP had an awkward moment in the House of Commons when he was forced to ask a fellow MP to repeat his question after struggling to understand his Scottish accent.

Scottish National Party's David Linden - representing Glasgow East - was asking a question about the lack of disabled access points at the Palace of Westminster.

But New-Zealand born Sir Paul Beresford didn't quite catch what he had to say.

"Sorry, it must be something to do with my antipodean background - could you please repeat the question because I didn't quite follow," Sir Paul asked Mr Linden.

Despite repeating the question Sir Paul was still unsure and asked him to speak slower.

This prompted Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to ask the pair discuss it in writing.

After question time, Mr Linden turned to Twitter to have a laugh at the exchange.

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