Fat, middle-aged men are being left behind, jokes Norfolk MP

MP Richard Bacon

MP Richard Bacon - Credit: Eastern Daily Press vÉÄö

A Norfolk MP has asked the Prime Minister what she can do to help 'fat, middle-aged white men'.

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk, jokingly quizzed Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions, saying this demographic 'may feel we have been left behind'.

Mrs May offered a similarly light-hearted response, suggesting Mr Bacon 'come up and see me some time'.

But not everyone was as happy with the exchange, with shadow education secretary Angela Rayner later tweeting that it was 'poor' given people want answers to serious questions.

Asking the question, Mr Bacon said: 'Following the election of Mr Trump, and given the very welcome progress made in our society both by women and those from ethnic minorities, what message of reassurance does the Prime Minister have for fat, middle-aged white men, who may feel that we have been left behind?'

After waiting for laughter to die down in the chamber, Mrs May responded: 'That's a very interesting point. Perhaps he would like to come up and see me some time.'

But Ms Rayner later tweeted: 'Tory MP using PMQs to make a rehearsed gag about fat white middle aged men when the public want answers to serious questions is poor IMO.'

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