Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant waved a doughnut around in the Commons chamber as he sought to illustrate the high calorie content of alcoholic drinks.

The Opposition whip brandished the snack as he told MPs a pint of lager contained more calories.

Prompting laughter around the chamber during question time, he told ministers: “A good way to control binge drinking is to try and highlight to people and publicise the amount of kilocalories in a drink.

“Red wine is 171 calories, alcopops 187, a pint of lager 287 - which is actually more than this doughnut, which I just got in the tea room.

“When will you start to publicise these facts?”

Health minister Gillian Merron replied: “I thank you for bringing your snacks into the chamber, and of course the important thing is what’s on labels on alcohol and we have just launched a consultation on that.”

MPs are not supposed to use visual aids when making contributions in the Commons.