Tom Brake was told “nobody knows who you are” after 100 people failed to identify him during a recent episode of Pointless.
The Europhile was appearing on John Pienaar’s politics show on BBC Radio 5live on Sunday when he faced the mockery.
The veteran BBC journalist reminded the MP of the embarrassing moment as he fired numerous questions at him during the “Back Bench Questions” segment of the radio show.
Tom Brake was mocked for being a 'pointless' answer on a BBC gameshow
On a panel of 100 members of the public Tom Brake, not one knew who you were
“Tom not everybody gets to be the answer on a popular TV game show, but you were, and here’s a reminder,” Pienaar said as Mr Brake was forced to listen to a short extract from the episode.
The MP for Carshalton and Wallington was listed as one of four Lib Dems elected in 2015 who the public failed to identify.
Pienaar continued: “So well done if you got that right at home. On a panel of 100 members of the public Tom Brake, not one knew who you were.
The Lib Dem MP appeared on 5live on Sunday
He quipped: “I’m genuinely sorry about that. Did you get much sympathy from your esteemed colleagues?”
Trying to laugh off the jibes, Mr Brake responded: “Er… no, I got a great deal of ribbing from my colleagues… for being pointless.”
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Pienaar finished: “For being pointless. And you were, not many people can say that.”
The MP looked slightly uncomfortable as he was reminded of the Pointless episode
During the radio grilling, the Lib Dem MP was asked whether he would be the man to stand up to Vladimir Putin.
“Tom, have you ever broken the law?” Pienaar asked.
Mr Brake responded: “No I haven’t”.
Pienaar continued: “I do understand from my sources, who are extensive, you once stuck chewing gum on a theatre seat in Moscow as a protest, is that true?”
“It is true", Mr Brake said. “As a teenager that was when the Soviet Union were still there and was bearing down on the West.”
The 5live presenter shot back: “Would you be the man Tom Brake to stand up to Vladimir Putin?
The Lib Dem finished: “I think I’ve matured slightly since my teenage years and yes I’d be very happy to sit across the table with Mr Putin.”