Fact Check: Angela Rayner Does Not Use Her Expensed AirPod Pros on Zoom

This morning Angela Rayner defended her expense claims of £249 for AirPod Pros, saying she uses them for 4 hours-a-day on Zoom calls; an odd defence given Guido’s never seen Rayner wear AirPod Pros while on Zoom. Checking back over Angela’s Zoom appearences over the past 11 months, Guido couldn’t find a single instance where Labour’s deputy leader was wearing the earphones she said were supposedly necessary for that puporse. Guido has compiled a handy guide:

It looks blindingly obvious to Guido that the high end, noise cancelling, quarter-of-a-grand AirPod Pros Rayner claimed for are definitely not used for “Zooms”…

UPDATE: An AirPod-free Angela Rayner is currently Zoom-launching Labour’s May election campaign. Others on the call are wearing headphones.

Unfortunate timing…

UPDATE: Guido is reliably informed that the Parliamentary ICT service provides free headsets for Zoom calls as part of their standard package. Even more dubious that Angela, Matt Hancock, and Peter Bone would have a reason to claim for AirPods…

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