The speaker’s ‘Balls’ blunder, ‘Your words, not mine!’ humiliates Lib Dem leader Ed Miliband.
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle mistook him for former Labour frontbencher Ed Balls, which was gleefully picked up on by Boris Johnson. LIBERAL Democrat leader Ed Davey suffered an unfortunate blunder when Speaker Lindsay Hoyle mistook him for former Labour frontbencher Ed Balls.
As Parliament’s recess came to an end on Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Questions resumed, with opposition benches grilling Boris Johnson on inflation and energy bills.
Former energy secretary Ed Davey was invited to ask his question, but he was misidentified as Ed Balls, much to the House’s amusement.
As the House of Commons teased the Lib Dem leader after his energy grilling, Johnson mocked the gaffe, saying “balls was the word.”
Sir Lindsay mistakenly called on Ed Balls in the House of Commons, causing Mr Davey to rise from his seat and wish everyone a “happy new year.”
Mr Davey attempted to brush off the gaffe by welcoming Lib Dem MP Helen Morgan to the Commons following her by-election victory and continuing his question.
“People’s already high heating bills are about to jump by more than 50%, with average energy bills rising by nearly £700 a year,” Mr Davey asked.
“Rising gas prices will push millions more families into fuel poverty; we already know that many are afraid to look at their heating bills.”
“Does the Prime Minister acknowledge that he could be doing far more to prevent millions of people from going hungry and cold this year than he is?”
“For the rest of what he had to say, Mr Speaker, balls was the word,” Mr Johnson said as he welcomed Ms Morgan to the Commons.
“Mr Speaker, your words, not mine, were correct the first time.”
“All I’m saying is that the House should go over what I’ve said about all the safeguards that are already in place.”
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Mr. Johnson concluded by pointing out that Mr. Davey was looking for long-term energy solutions during the coalition government, but was the energy secretary at the time.
Mr Davey took the blunder in stride, tweeting “Ed Balls.”
In the year to October, the average UK household gas bill increased by 28.1 percent, while electricity bills increased by 18.8 percent.
Several major power companies have gone bankrupt in recent weeks, forcing consumers to switch suppliers for the winter.
While the energy crisis is not unique to the United Kingdom, its heavy reliance on natural gas is.
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