Bercows plagued by evasive rodent
Published 18/01/2010 | 06:38
Commons Speaker John Bercow may be able to keep rowdy MPs in line, but it appears he is having trouble keeping "Order Order" in his own kitchen.
It was a case of Speaker versus Squeaker as Twitter users were regaled with his efforts to catch a mouse found roaming his plush official residence.
The updates came courtesy of Mr Bercow's wife Sally, who informed her followers that the Speaker was being "very manly" in his efforts.
After spotting the rodent run under the dishwasher in the apartment, Mrs Bercow appealed for advice as "the mouse catcher man doesn't work on Sundays".
Suggestions ranged from using the Commons mace to a chocolate-baited humane trap - but the Bercows only had Quality Street left over from Christmas, it transpired.
A spokesman said the last information he had was that the offending mouse had evaded capture and disappeared somewhere in the couple's family accommodation above the formal residence.
Mice were a particular problem at the Palace of Westminster, he said, as it was built on land reclaimed from the neighbouring Thames.