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Watch: Immigration minister stumped by Kay Burley’s sports question

Immigration minister Michael Tomlinson (Credit: Sky News)

Immigration minister Michael Tomlinson is a KC so is good at thinking on his feet – or so you might expect. But this morning the Tory MP was caught out when it came to what should have been a straightforward question: what does he watch on TV?

‘I watch very little,’ Tomlinson told Sky News’s Kay Burley, when asked whether he has seen the hit ITV drama Mr Bates vs. the Post Office. ‘I’m not sure I can tell you the last box set I watched, but I do enjoy watching sport so if you want to ask me about cricket and sport, then please do.’

But when Burley asked Tomlinson who his favourite football team is, he was somewhat stumped:

‘I don’t really have a football team…it would be wrong to tell you that I have a football team. I’ve been to Bournemouth, I’ve been to various other grounds but I don’t have a specific football team’.

Just the sort of answer you’d expect from a self-confessed sports fan…

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