Twitter mocks MP after she has folder in House of Commons


  • Whately, 41, was spotted with school-style ring binder in House of Commons
  • Red folder pictured behind Education Secretary Justine Greening as she spoke 
  • The sight of ‘Helen Whately MP’ written on it caused much mirth on Twitter
  • Some expressed disappointment that the MP hadn’t written in ‘gel pens’
  • Others joked that inside it read, ‘House of Commons, the Universe, Milky Way’ 

Jo Tweedy For Mailonline

Who knew such a simple thing as a well-labelled red folder could cause such jollity? 

Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent, Helen Whately, who carried a school-style binder into the House of Commons yesterday, certainly didn’t.

It was less about the folder and more about the words emblazoned across it that sparked social media hilarity. 

Clearly scribed in capital letters were the words ‘Helen Whately MP’ – just in case the 41-year-old forgot her name, one assumes.

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Helen Whately MP arrived in the House of Commons yesterday with a folder clearly marked with her name. The folder prompted a slew of jokes on Twitter suggesting it felt like Ms Whately was back at school

One user suggested it was a shame she didn't have an i in her name so she could have written a 'gel pen heart' above it...a reference to school pupils' favourite pens

One user suggested it was a shame she didn't have an i in her name so she could have written a 'gel pen heart' above it...a reference to school pupils' favourite pens

Well, it is a bit like school! Helen Whately MP arrived in the House of Commons yesterday with a folder clearly marked with her name. Right: The folder prompted a slew of jokes on Twitter suggesting it felt like Ms Whately was back at school

Another book! Ms Whately didn't respond to the fact she was crowned a 'Twitter moment' last night for diligently taking a folder with her name on it into the House of Commons 

Another book! Ms Whately didn't respond to the fact she was crowned a 'Twitter moment' last night for diligently taking a folder with her name on it into the House of Commons 

Another book! Ms Whately didn’t respond to the fact she was crowned a ‘Twitter moment’ last night for diligently taking a folder with her name on it into the House of Commons 

The bright red folder was captured in the background as Education Secretary Justine Greening faced questions. 

Once an eagle-eyed Twitter user had spotted it, foldergate quickly spiralled, with lots of people adding their own quips, with some asking why the Tory MP hadn’t written her name in gel pens, or added her age and class. 

‘Is it written on her ruler and pencil case too? asked @resophonick.

@NorthLondonPoly suggested inside it might read: ‘This folder belongs to Helen Whately MP, the House of Commons, London, Britain, not Europe, The World, The Universe’ 

 @hannahmerich added: ‘Sadly her name has no i’s on it to dot with gel heart pens’.

Others confessed that this is exactly how they’d be if they were an MP. 

Well, Westminster is a bit like school sometimes…

Caught on camera: The folder was brought into the public eye after it was in the frame while Education Secretary Justine Greening was speaking yesterday afternoon

Caught on camera: The folder was brought into the public eye after it was in the frame while Education Secretary Justine Greening was speaking yesterday afternoon

Caught on camera: The folder was brought into the public eye after it was in the frame while Education Secretary Justine Greening was speaking yesterday afternoon



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