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We DM'd A Load Of MPs To Ask Their Real-Time Views On PMQs

This is what they're thinking when they're listening to the prime minister.

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It's Prime Minister's Questions, which gives MPs a weekly chance to pick a comfortable seat, jeer at their opponents, and occasionally ask David Cameron a question.

BBC Parliament

Look closely when you're watching and you'll see lots of backbench MPs checking their phones and looking at Twitter, just like everyone else.

So we decided to slide into the Twitter DMs of three MPs during Wednesday's PMQs.

The brave volunteers were Louise Haigh, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley; Jamie Reed, Labour MP for Copeland; and Stewart McDonald, SNP MP for Glasgow South. (We asked some Conservative MPs but they declined to take part.)

Then we realised this was a chance to ask the questions that you're not really supposed to ask. Luckily, this MP was able to assist, presumably while suffocating.

In summary, for this MP it was a bit of a waste of time – until his fellow Cumbrian MP Sue Hayman stepped in to ask about the aftermath of floods in the region.

She also singled out leader of the house Chris Grayling as a source of particular annoyance. And confirmed that while MPs are looking at Twitter in the House of Commons, it's not changed very much.

Stewart finished by reflecting on the groans from the chamber when UKIP's only MP was called, before making a curious reference to a pig for some reason.

And that is what happens when you slide into the DMs of some MPs during Prime Minister's Questions.

You can follow Louisa, Stewart, and Jamie on Twitter.

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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