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BBC apologises after suggesting a
partially deaf Tory MP had fallen asleep

BBC apologises after suggesting a
partially deaf Tory MP had fallen asleep.
Posted: 17th September 2015

DeafHear: BBC apologises after suggesting a partially deaf Tory MP had fallen asleep. 2015The BBC The BBC has apologised after circulating a picture of Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke listening to a speaker in the House of Commons with his eyes closed and suggesting he was asleep.

Pictures from BBC Parliament of Shelbrooke began circulating on Twitter, prompting the BBC Newsbeat account to tweet on Tuesday morning that the image of the MP “resting his eyes is going viral”. Shelbrooke describes himself as a trade unionist and spoke about the history of trade unionism during the debate. In subsequent images he can be seen opening his eyes while in the same position near the speaker.

He told political blog Guido Fawkes: “I am genuinely slightly deaf and struggle to hear. I had taken part in the debate and was trying to hear the wind ups. Seems a shame I get trolled due to being slightly deaf.” An ITV political correspondent later tweeted a separate image that showed Mr Shelbrooke in the same position, but with his eyes open.
After the mistake was flagged, the original tweet was deleted and the BBC subsequently tweeted a “heartfelt” apology to Mr Shelbrooke.

Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Information says that people wait an average of ten years to seek support for an acquired hearing loss. This is not good for their general health and wellbeing, and indeed can lead to additional fatigue and stress. “We would advise that Mr Shelbrooke checks out the Mind Your Hearing camapign website at www.mindyourhearing.ie. The clear advice is if a person is concerned that they may have a hearing loss, they consider getting a hearing test as soon as possible, and if necessary, get hearing aids.”


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