Sunday 18 March 2018

Selfie caught me with my pants down

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg passes a young man in the process of pulling his jeans up
Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg passes a young man in the process of pulling his jeans up

A student who accidentally dropped his trousers to Nick Clegg only wanted a picture to add to his tiny "celebrity selfies" collection.

Will Carrie, 17, endured an embarrassing 15 minutes of fame yesterday when television cameras and press photographers unwittingly captured the drama student's faux pas as the Deputy Prime Minister visited Solihull.

Will said he had "no idea" the Liberal Democrat leader was hitting the campaign trail in his home town, and could not resist joining the line-up of dignitaries as Mr Clegg left the college.

But what was supposed to be a proud few moments with the politician turned into a moment to forget for Will, as his loose-fitting trousers slumped to his thighs, exposing his boxer shorts.

Will said today: "I was really embarrassed when I got home and saw the footage everywhere on Sky.

"I was only trying to get a selfie with Nick Clegg. I collect selfies with famous people but so far I've only got (Coronation Street star) Michelle Keegan when she came to Solihull.

"I saw my mum last night and she was a bit mortified at first but I think she has seen the funny side now."

Will, also known as Seamus, said he had no real interest in politics, but "had no intention of embarrassing someone of Mr Clegg's stature".

Mr Clegg seemed to see the funny side, tweeting later: "Some people may not have been heeding my warnings about the need to tighten our belts."

Will said: "Maybe it's time to get some new jeans."

Mr Clegg joked about the incident during a rally speech in his Sheffield Hallam seat.

He said that the Lib Dems had "been a heart in a coalition with the Conservatives, much as we would be a brain in a coalition with the Labour Party, much as I would give a belt to that young man who lost his trousers".

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