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15/09/2015 11:27 BST | Updated 15/09/2015 15:59 BST

BBC Apologises For 'Sleeping' Alec Shelbrooke Tweet When Tory MP Is Actually Deaf

The BBC has apologised after tweeting a photo of a Tory MP in the House of Commons suggesting that he was asleep, when he's actually partially deaf.

Tory MP for Elmet and Rothwell Alec Shelbrooke told Media Guido: “I am genuinely slightly deaf and struggle to hear. I had taken part in the debate and was trying to hear the wind ups. Seems a shame I get trolled due to being slightly deaf.”

Speakers in the back of the chairs in the Commons - visible in the picture - project proceedings to those in the chamber.

The original tweet (below) was deleted by BBC Newsbeat, but not before it picked up pace on Twitter, with other users also claiming he was snoozing.

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