Tory MP Nigel Mills Played Candy Crush For 2.5 Hours During Commons Meeting

An MP has been caught red-handed playing a video puzzle game while in a parliamentary committee meeting.

The Sun published pictures of Nigel Mills playing the online game Candy Crush Saga during a Works and Pensions Committee meeting, of which he is a member.

The paper quoted a source who said they had seen the Amber Valley MP playing the game over a period of two-and-a-half hours, while the Conservative, elected in 2010, admitted what he had done.

"There was a bit of the meeting that I wasn't focusing on and I probably had a game or two.

"I shouldn't do it but if you check the meeting I would say I was fully engaged in asking questions that I thought were particularly important in how we get the pensions issue right. I shall try not to do it in the future."

The committee met last Monday and was discussing pensions and the insurance industry ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement announcement.

Candy Crush is a mind-bogglingly successful smartphone game

Candy Crush Saga is a free to download mobile game but users pay extra for more moves to improve their score.

Having started out on social network Facebook, it moved on to mobile devices in 2012, and is now played more than a billion times a day, according to developer King.com.