British MP Apologizes for Being Too Drunk to Vote
July 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The freshman class of British Parliament members in the House of Commons apparently can’t keep up with the hard-drinking veteran lawmakers. Mark Reckless, a newly elected conservative MP from Kent isn’t accustomed to boring marathon House sessions and the wild drinking that apparently takes place on the Westminster terrace. So, when the budget vote finally commenced around 2 a.m., poor Reckless was too plastered to come to the floor to vote. He said it wasn’t “appropriate” for him to cast a vote under the circumstances.
Reckless’ colleague Labour MP Hazel Blears, described the booze fest on the terrace, as “a bit lively.”
Bu Reckless denies he was passed out drunk or that he took a taxi home.
“I remember someone asking me to vote and not thinking it was appropriate, given how I was at the time. If I was in the sort of situation generally where I thought I was drunk I tend to go home,” Reckless said.
The freshman MP has apologized and has vowed to never drink at Westminster ever again. Although he didn’t rule out popping off for a pint at a nearby pub.