Labour MP Steve McCabe has denied making rude gestures behind Dame Margaret Beckett's back during the Commons session on Wednesday as MPs debated launching airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.
The Labour representative for Birmingham Selly Oak was sat behind Beckett as she put forward her case why MPs should vote to authorise the military action.
McCabe - who voted against the Syrian airstrikes - was caught on camera appearing to make two rude gestures behind the former foreign secretary's back.
The images caused many to question the MP's actions, as McCabe maintains that he was unaware of the camera.
He also vehemently denies that his actions were intentional, labelling the situation "most unfortunate".
As many people began to quiz him on Twitter, he was forced to repeat that all he was doing was merely "scratching" his nose.
.@LouisAlexDore It most certainly was not. A bad example of not being aware of a camera— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) December 2, 2015
.@Duke_Nuke No just a bad camera catch as I was scratching my nose. Not what you assume— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) December 2, 2015
.@jae2702foryou I repeat, Margaret Beckett made a very convincing speech even though we don't agree. No gesture just a bad camera catch— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) December 2, 2015
.@jae2702foryou I wouldn't make such a gesture full stop & I am huge admirer of Margaret Beckett. Labour desperately needs more like her— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) December 2, 2015
Earlier in the session, McCabe had praised Beckett for making "the best speech of the day so far".
#SyriaVote I'm not persuaded on bombing but thought Margaret Beckett made best speech of the day so far. She was far more persuasive than PM— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) December 2, 2015
A total of 66 Labour MPs voted to back the Government in bombing IS terrorists in Syria, compared to 152 against.
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