MP Penny explains why she brought up porn movie in Parliament speech

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Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has caused a stir after recalling in Parliament how a hospital ward was used to film a pornographic movie.

Ms Mordaunt, who was elected in May, has attracted national attention after making a speech in the Commons which included an anecdote about a hospital in Kensington and Chelsea, where she was a council director.

She said: 'I discovered one of our local hospitals was hiring out one of its closed - but fully-equipped - wards to a film company to use as a film set. To add insult to injury, the movie was a pornographic one. It was a big-budget affair and generated substantial income for the hospital.

But apart from cheering up a few of the in-patients, it cannot be said to be contributing to the objectives of the primary care trust.'

She said: 'It was an anecdote to spice up a relatively dry Parliamentary debate and keep people awake.

The proposals to the House were about the reporting of public bodies' financial affairs and some colleagues and I was making the point that if all you have is a list of figures without explanation, you don't know whether the way they have raised money is appropriate or not.

'It's a true story,' she laughed. 'But of course not something I'd be recommending for QA. It's just a way in which I made a point about the need for us to be able to scrutinise what's being done by bodies providing vital services to the public. Thankfully, the policy was altered, so we will get the extra information.'

Chichester's Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie also spoke in the debate, which had been brought to the House by Fareham MP and finance minister Mark Hoban.

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