DOWNING Street was tonight forced to deny bizarre claims that Boris Johnson was wearing an EARPIECE at Prime Minister’s Questions today.
A conspiracy theory circulating online suggested Mr Johnson was getting help with his answers at the Despatch Box.
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Downing Street has been forced to deny claims Boris Johnson was wearing an earpiece to take instructions at Prime Minister’s Questions today[/caption]
Rumours circulated on Twitter that the PM was receiving verbal instructions[/caption]
Labour MPs were among those who appeared to claim he was receiving support during his clash with Sir Keir Starmer today.
It comes after an image of Mr Johnson’s face in profile was shared on Twitter.
Some claim the image shows a communications device in his ear, below his hair.
Labour’s Jim Esterton jibed: “If he was receiving help, it didn’t show.”
But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman this afternoon said: “It is fair to say the Prime Minister was not wearing an earpiece.”
It’s not the first time Mr Johnson has been accused of wearing an earpiece at an important event.
In November, similar allegations were made when he took part in a BBC Question Time leaders’ debate ahead of the general election.
But in fact, Mr Johnson said he has a ‘weird flap of skin in his right ear that sometimes gets picked up by lights and camera flashes’.
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It’s thought the PM has a prominent crus helix, cartilage that stretches halfway across the hollow part of the ear canal.
Using an earpiece to take instructions from outside Commons would likely break Parliament’s rules.
Under guidelines introduced in 2011, MPs can use phones and tablets, as long as they’re set to silent and ‘used in a way which does not impair decorum’.
An earpiece transmitting instructions would appear to contravene the restriction.
Mr Johnson himself has previously said he simply has a ‘weirdly shaped ear’[/caption]
A Labour MP joined in with the jibes[/caption]
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