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Tory MP Caught Playing Candy Crush On His iPad In Parliament

Nigel Mills MP is in a bit of trouble after being caught playing the game for hours during a meeting in parliament. But did he ever get five-in-a-row?

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Conservative MP Nigel Mills has been caught playing Candy Crush Saga on his iPad for over two hours during a select committee hearing in parliament.

EXCLUSIVE: Tory MP is caught playing Candy Crush for more than 2½ hours during a key meeting: http://t.co/ezAdZdkanG

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EXCLUSIVE: Tory MP is caught playing Candy Crush for more than 2½ hours during a key meeting: http://t.co/ezAdZdkanG

7:15 AM - 08 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Sun obtained video footage of Mills playing the game during a committee meeting last Monday.

"It was a long meeting on pension reforms, which is an important issue that I take very seriously," the MP told the newspaper. "There was a bit of the meeting that I wasn't focusing on and I probably had a game or two."

He said he'll try not to do it again.

The MP, who represents the highly-marginal seat of Amber Valley in Derbyshire, did find time to ask questions during Monday's meeting of the work and pensions select committee.

Mills was filmed playing on his taxpayer-funded iPad by a journalist sitting behind him.

Parliament TV / The Sun

The House of Commons authorities are now hunting for the journalist who filmed the footage. It is against parliamentary rules for individuals to film select committees.

David Cameron, himself a fan of Fruit Ninja, told LBC that Mills is a "hardworking MP" who will be "embarrassed by what he saw in the papers today".

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We're convinced there's an opening for a political version of the game.

Candy Crush Politics: the next election will be decided by whoever can get five-in-a-row.

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Candy Crush Politics: the next election will be decided by whoever can get five-in-a-row.

10:00 AM - 08 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

While others are just disgusted.

Isn’t it quite expensive to play Candy Crush for 2.5 hours? Has anyone checked MPs’ expenses lately?

Alex von Tunzelmann@alexvtunzelmannFollow

Isn’t it quite expensive to play Candy Crush for 2.5 hours? Has anyone checked MPs’ expenses lately?

1:27 PM - 08 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's the end of 2014 & Nigel Mills is still playing Candy Crush. It shows just how out of touch MPs really are. @iancollinsuk

Scott@Scott_RuminatesFollow

It's the end of 2014 & Nigel Mills is still playing Candy Crush. It shows just how out of touch MPs really are. @iancollinsuk

1:17 PM - 08 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the real question is, did he make it over Bubblegum Bridge?

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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