A Labour MP has defended her journey to Wembley after having an image taken with a Tory colleague at an England sport.
Charlotte Nichols tweeted out an image of herself alongside Mike Wooden on the Euro 2020 semi-final conflict with Denmark. The MPs had been hosted by Heineken on a visit to look at the Three Lions’ history-making marketing campaign.
Nevertheless she shared the picture as many followers vented frustration at celebrities, VIPs and dignitaries who’ve secured coveted locations at video games after being given company or hospitality tickets.
Ms Nichols, MP for Warrington North, was pictured smiling alongside Mr Wooden, Conservative MP for Dudley South.
She mentioned: ‘I see I’m getting dunked on for having a photograph with a Conservative MP yesterday at Wembley, the place we have been kindly given our APPG roles by one of many sponsors of the event.
‘An APPG is an “All Celebration Parliamentary Group”. The clue is within the “all social gathering” bit.’
Nevertheless her rebuttal did not persuade many who used it as an opportunity to weigh in as soon as once more.
Vegard Heggem mentioned: ‘You shouldn’t be taking any “free” tickets from anybody imo. Or any second jobs, paid advisory roles, company directorships. Nothing.
‘We pay MPs a superb wage to take care of our pursuits.’
Daddo Friel was additionally unconvinced, writing: ‘Yep, the one approach to do cross social gathering enterprise in parliament is to ponce a free ticket to an enormous sport. And actually imagine that’s a superb look.’
Responding to a number of the salvos, Ms Nichols hit again: ‘That is why now we have the register of members’ pursuits, which this will probably be going into, and which is on the market for scrutiny if anybody believes that has been the case.
‘And, frankly, I don’t imagine any England fan that claims they wouldn’t have taken the chance if supplied.’
Requested which sponsor had hosted the group, she replied: ‘Heineken.’
The torrent of dissent then snowballed additional, with macheather writing: ‘Don’t care who you might be photographed with, for me it’s the truth that you might be freeloading and exhibiting off about it that’s appalling. Couldn’t you simply have loved the sport and saved quiet about it?’
One uncommon voice of assist got here from Nick Wooden, who mentioned: ‘This thread is miserable. Can’t fathom how anyone might credibly maintain the concept ALL Tories are cartoon caricatures of evil, price avoiding just like the plague (quite than in some instances ppl with sturdy civic values however completely different concepts of how society is greatest run for frequent good).’
The row comes amid a mad scramble for tickets to the history-making closing between England and Italy on Sunday.
UEFA has offered out its allocation however many are being marketed for massively inflated costs on social media and third-party retailers.
Mr Wooden advised Metro.co.uk: ‘Undecided what the story is, however simply to make clear that I used to be not at Wembley with the APPG.
‘I used to be supplied a ticket by Heineken and accepted it. It is going to clearly be totally registered if the worth exceeds the edge.
‘The feedback that I had seen on Twitter largely appeared to object to the truth that a Labour MP might presumably be pictured with a Conservative MP. I don’t suppose that could be a viewpoint that’s broadly shared.’
Metro.co.uk has additionally approached Ms Nichols for additional remark.
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