Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested his family nanny may need to get the pudding bowl out to give him an “emergency” lockdown haircut.
As hairdresser’s remain shut, with no plans to reopen before July at the earliest, Conservative MP Selaine Saxby raised the point in the Commons, saying: “Many of us across the House are in desperate need of a trip to the hairdresser.”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “When I was a child I remember there being a song ‘I’ll be your long-haired lover from Liverpool’,” referencing Jimmy Osmond’s 1972 chart hit.
He continued: “I had never aimed in my whole career to end up looking like the long-haired lover from Liverpool but I fear I’m heading in that direction.
The Commons Leader said his hair has never been so long
“I’ve never had longer hair and I’m beginning to wonder whether I ought to ask nanny if she can find a pudding bowl and put it on and see if something can be done as an emergency measure.”
After the comment was met with laughter and heckles, Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Of course nanny is part of the household, what a daft question.”
He said the government is working with the industry to allow it to reopen safely at the “earliest point”.
“I think many of us will feel there is a burden lifted from our shoulders when the hairdressers reopen,” he concluded.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans quipped: “Sadly, leader, not all of us have a nanny.”
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