What’s your best excuse for missing work?
Whatever it is it probably isn’t as good as Scottish Conservative MP Douglas Ross, who will miss a key vote on Universal Credit as he will be one of the assistant referees at the Camp Nou for Barcelona’s match against Olympiacos.
Ross has been an assistant for other Champions League ties and caused a political shock in the General Election when he ousted the SNP’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson to become the MP for Moray.
He has come in for plenty of criticism on social media:
Douglas Ross can miss a Universal Credit debate to referee a football game, yet his constituents are sanctioned for being late to a meeting.
— Miriam Brett (@MiriamBrett) October 17, 2017
— James Kelly MSP (@JamesKellyLab) October 17, 2017
But a spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives said: “There will be many Scottish Conservative representatives in this debate.
“Douglas has held more than 50 surgeries since becoming an MP and has met personally with (Work and Pensions Secretary) David Gauke to discuss local cases which have arisen from those.
— Douglas Ross MP (@Douglas4Moray) October 17, 2017
“Despite what the SNP thinks, the people of Moray are right behind Douglas and his refereeing, as they showed decisively when they elected him as their MP just a few months ago.”