Hull MP in Chuckle Brothers Commons debate
A Hull MP has been accused of "opposing northern comedians" after a heated Parliament debated on the Chuckle Brothers.
Labour's Hull North MP Diana Johnson was talking to Michael Gove, who insisted her party should be more supportive of northern comedians after being challenged on whether a Chuckle Brother should back a free school.
Ms Johnson questioned the arrangement during the Education Questions in the Commons.
Barry Elliot, one half of the children's TV pairing the Chuckle Brothers, had backed a bid to open a free school in Rotherham. The application was later withdrawn.
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Ms Johnson said: "Do you think that granting a licence to one of the Chuckle Brothers to set up a free school was one of your better ideas?
"Now it has been rescinded, how much has this actually cost to progress this project?"
Mr Gove replied: "I'm surprised you are so opposed to northern comedians given your party has been such a fantastic platform for so many of them.
"It wasn't actually a member of the Chuckle Brothers whom we invited to open a free school in Rotherham, it was actually someone who is currently vice-principal of a very successful school in the North East.
"In the end, that lady decided to withdraw her application but the fact someone who is strong in the variety world wanted to back it is, to my mind, only proof that increasingly when people look at this Government, from whatever background they come, they have a smile on their face as they consider our achievements."
Free schools are an initiative set by Michael Gove to allow non-fee paying independent schools to be set up with state funding.
The Chuckle Brothers performed in Hull's pantomime Cinderella at Christmas.