Tory MP Andrea Leadsom Says Jane Austen Is One Of Our "Greatest Living Authors"

Needless to say, Twitter's having a field day

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It's the last day of parliament before all the politicians break up for summer recess.

This means our MPs only had one more day to try and not cock up, say anything stupid and/or offensive and simply carry out the duties they were elected to do.

That's not too much to ask, is it?

Apparently so. On Thursday morning, the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom – who also ran for Conservative party leader last year - bowed out for summer with a particularly embarrassing blunder.

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Addressing the House, Leadsom wanted to celebrate the fact the legendary novelist and super woman Jane Austen is now on our £10 notes. Fair enough.

The new Jane Austen bank note

However, in doing so, Leadsom called the Pride and Prejudice writer "one of our greatest living authors".

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Jane Austen died in 1817.

Along with the pompous laughter and heckling which immediately filled the House of Commons, Twitter had a field day too.

There was retail banter:

To the mock-while-making-a-political-point tweets:

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To the disbelief someone who has a say in running the country actually said this:

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To the punny:

I think we're all ready for politicians to take a little break now, thanks.