Nottinghamshire MP describes ordeal of being stuck in London lift on first day back in Westminster

By Gurjeet Nanrah & Sebastian Mann

Nottinghamshire MP Brendan Clarke-Smith had an eventful first day back in Parliament that took a surprise turn when he found himself trapped in a lift.

The Bassetlaw MP returned to Westminster on Monday, 6 September, following the parliamentary recess but the day didn't unfold as planned as he ended up trapped in a lift stuck in an elevator shaft.

In total, Mr Clarke-Smith was trapped in the lift for around 50 minutes but seemed in good spirits throughout the ordeal.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live about the incident, he said: "The lift stopped, made a funny noise, and then a light came on saying it was out of action."

Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith emerges from a stuck lift in Westminster. (Brendan Clarke-Smith MP)

"It was certainly not the first day back in Parliament I was expecting."

Making matters worse, Mr Clarke-Smith struggled to get in touch with security due to issues with the intercom system.

"I was trying to tell security what had happened, but an automated voice announcing that the lift had broken down kept cutting me off," he said.

Luckily, one of Mr Clarke-Smith's colleagues managed to find a member of security and an engineer came to open the doors, allowing the MP to climb out safely.

Mr Clarke-Smith's ordeal may not have been one that he particularly enjoyed himself but it did cause plenty of amusement for his colleagues.

"A lot of my colleagues were laughing and taking selfies," he said.

"There's been a great bit of banter over it. I used the word 'lift' in a debate today and we all had a bit of a giggle."

Fortunately, Mr Clarke-Smith emerged ultimately unscathed.

"It was funny, but I am glad nothing else went wrong," he said.

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