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MP with cerebral palsy said he was 'mocked' by MPs

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A politician with cerebral palsy has claimed other MPs mocked his disability during a debate in Parliament.

Conservative MP Paul Maynard has accused Labour MPs of "pulling faces" at him as he tried to speak.

It's unclear if they were making fun of his condition - or just trying to put him off, as MPs often do to each other.

Paul Maynard told the Times newspaper Labour MPs had pulled faces at him in the Commons, saying he felt they were "taking the mick out of my disability".

Paul Maynard, Conservative MP
Paul Maynard, Conservative MP

On Monday Mr Maynard said he had no further comment to make after an interview with the newspaper.

He won't be making an official complaint to the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.


Debates between politicians in the House of Commons are known to often get heated.

But Labour MP Tom Harris said that MPs would not have deliberately mocked somebody for having a disability.

About 1 in 400 kids have a form of cerebral palsy. It can affect movement, posture and co-ordination.

Prime Minister David Cameron's son Ivan, who died in 2009, had cerebral palsy.