British MP interrupted by his musical tie

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 21 2011 11:30 AM | Updated as of Jan 21 2011 07:30 PM

LONDON - A British lawmaker has apologized to fellow MPs after he was interrupted in the middle of a speech by his own musical tie.

Nadhim Zahawi, a member of the ruling Conservative party, was taking part in a House of Commons debate late Wednesday when his red tie emitted a tinny tune that was amplified by a microphone hanging above his head.

As MPs looked around the chamber to find the source of the noise, Zahawi realized it was coming from his tie, which he promptly switched off.

"I apologize," he said. "It is my tie to support the campaign against bowel cancer that was making that noise. It is a musical tie."

Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo called for order, saying: "Perhaps next time the honorable gentleman will be more selective in the ties he wears in the chamber and then we won't need the musical accompaniment."

Zahawi was taking part in a campaign run by national charity Beating Bowel Cancer, which asks people to wear loud clothes to work to raise awareness for the disease.