‘I’m being heckled by my own phone’: Embarrassing moment Gavin Williamson is interrupted by Siri in the Commons chamber as he makes a statement on Syria
- Gavin Williamson was making statement on operations against ISIS in Commons
- Defence Secretary’s voice activated Siri in pocket causing confusion among MPs
- Embarrassed Mr Williamson joked he was getting ‘heckled by my own phone’
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson suffered an embarrassing moment in the Commons chamber today – as he was heckled by his own phone.
The Cabinet minister was making a statement on operations against ISIS in Syria when his voice triggered Siri on his mobile.
As Mr Williamson spoke, a disembodied voice could clearly be heard saying: ‘I’ve found something on the web about Syria. Syrian democratic forces supported by…. ‘
The intervention caused bewilderment for several seconds, with no-one appearing sure where the sound was coming from.
Amid puzzled laughter from MPs in the chamber, Speaker John Bercow said: ‘What a very rum business that is.’
As Gavin Williamson spoke in the Commons today (pictured), a disembodied voice could clearly be heard saying: ‘I’ve found something on the web about Syria.’
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Amid puzzled laughter from MPs, Speaker John Bercow said: ‘What a very rum business that is.’
Belatedly realising what was happening, Mr Williamson groped for the phone in his pocket to turn it off.
‘It is very rare that you are heckled by your own mobile phone,’ he joked nervously.
‘It is a new parliamentary convention, without a doubt.’
Having dealt with the interruption, Mr Williamson said he hoped he could continue ‘without help and support from Siri’.
In April, transport minister Jo Johnson was talking about Syria on the BBC’s Question Time (pictured) when he suffered a similar unwanted response from his mobile
It is not the first time a minister has faced public humiliation at the hand of the iPhone’s virtual helper.
In April, transport minister Jo Johnson was talking about Syria on the BBC’s Question Time when he suffered a similar unwanted response from his mobile.
‘This is technology in action,’ he quipped as he switched off the handset, before bravely pressing on with his point.
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