The Isle of Wight MP has sought to 'set the record straight' about his recent appearance on BBC's Newsnight, in which he denied calling a Privileges Committee investigation into former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a 'kangaroo court'.

Bob Seely had indeed said the phrase in an interview, on the same show, a week before.

However, when quizzed on its use by presenter Victoria Derbyshire on Tuesday (20), he said he didn't recall saying it or even appearing.

Victoria Derbyshire said: "A week last Friday you described the Privileges Committee as a kangaroo court.”

Interrupting, Mr Seely said: "I don't think I did."

Ms Derbyshire then replied: "You absolutely did because I watched the interview back today".

Mr Seely goes on to repeat that he doesn't remember saying it, but he said if he did, he 'clearly' regrets it.

The footage has been shared widely on social media and the clip even featured on LBC, with presenter James O'Brien saying Mr Seely 'had his pants pulled down live on national television'.

Seeking to explain what happened, Bob Seely told the County Press he 'was very clearly quoting my pro-Boris colleague who was speaking before me'.

"Hence I didn't recall using it", he said.

He added: "I'm happy to accept I should have been clearer at the time - as I said last night - but in the context of the entire conversation, my wider position on the matter is clear. 

"Clearly, as I voted for the report, despite its flaws, I don’t consider it to have been a kangaroo court. Because I tend to avoid cliches when I was asked if I used the term, I didn’t recall, but I was happy to trust Victoria. 

"I then agreed it was the wrong term - because it was. I’m very happy to set that straight."

Mr Seely voted in favour of the Privileges Committee's report, which found Boris Johnson had committed five contempts of parliament. 

The investigation looked into his conduct regarding Partygate.

On the findings, Mr Seely added: "I think it’s good to have a reality check here. Boris agreed to stand down last year after I and others believed that his conduct was not up to standard. Since last autumn Rishi has been leading us, and doing a good job for the nation.

"I agree that it is important for all elected representatives to have high standards, and when they don’t reach them, to be clear about it, and apologise if need be. I certainly try to do so myself, which is why I, along with others, asked Boris to stand down over a year ago."