A government minister has just dropped a clanger in the House of Lords – by resigning for missing a question. Lord Bates told peers that he was 'ashamed' for not being there to answer a query from Labour’s Baroness Lister. An emotional Bates told the Lords:
'I am thoroughly ashamed at not being in my place, and shall therefore be offering my resignation to the Prime Minister...'
His announcement was greeted with cries of ‘no, no’, and Lord Lamont even did his best to try and stop Bates in his tracks. But it was too late – Bates had made up his mind and walked out of the chamber…