Question Time: Fiona Bruce encourages Bim Afolami to keep going
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The audience of BBC Question Time erupted into laughter after presenter Fiona Bruce heckled a Tory MP who was sat on the panel. Bim Afolami appeared to be tying himself in knots defending the Government’s handling of HS2 when Ms Bruce joked: “Keep going Bim”. Meanwhile, fellow panellist Stephen Flynn could be heard saying: “Put down the spade”.
The back and forth began when Ms Bruce said the Government had had “quite a long time” to deliver HS2.
After a long pause, Mr Afolami – who appeared to be lost for words – said: “Well…”.
The audience erupted into laughter before the Tory MP continued: “It is clear, it is clear – in all areas – in all areas”.
Ms Bruce then interrupted the stuttering MP to say: “Keep going Bim, keep going”.
Mr Afolami continued: “In all areas, we are not doing this very very well, because it is a really complicated big – one of the biggest infrastructure schemes in the world.
“But we can do it – because Crossrail did get done. So I know we have the capacity to do it.
“We need to be able to do that in HS2 and across the north, of other regions of the country, to make sure we connect our different regions.
“Because unless we can get the cost of these things down, nobody will ever put forward major infrastructure projects again in this country and that would be a shame.”
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