13/06/2017 15:47 BST | Updated 14/06/2017 14:30 BST

Is That...? Tory MP Caught Looking At Unparliamentary Picture In The Commons

Surely not.

MPs staring at their phones and iPads while in the Commons is a typical sight these days, but one has just been caught looking at something rather unparliamentary. 

In a snap from inside the Chamber posted on Twitter by Tory MP Anna Soubry, a colleague sitting in front of her is looking at a picture that appears to contain lot of flesh. 

Anna Soubry
Anna Soubry

Twitter users were quick to speculate on what the picture showed exactly, but one sharp-eyed Tweeter flagged up that it could well be ‘Showgirls Playing Chess’ – a photo taken by Gordon Parks in 1958.

 Soubry insisted to HuffPost UK she had “no idea” that she had captured another MP’s phone image in her snap.

She said: “I took a photo and apparently there’s something in it - I had no idea. Lots of other people were taking photos on this historic occasion. I didn’t realise there was a fuss until somebody just rang me.”

The Broxtowe MP deleted the original tweet after less than an hour, in which it had been retweeted more than 200 times.