He does admit that he isn't as local as he has claimed...
Apparently, the Hemmings were kings of Denmark and came across with the Vikings, although he doesn't find room for his demands for home rule for Mercia. Not that he has delusions of grandeur or anything, but slipping a quote from Beowulf into your maiden speech is worth of Pseud's Corner in Private Eye. Aside from that, he tries to get one over on the member for Swindon by singing the praises of the roundabout on Garretts Green Lane. Anyone who has ever driven over the Magic Roundabout in Swindon will know that Birmingham has nothing to match it - fortunately.
There's still room for his one-man campaign to save the ancient community of Yardley, which is in no way connected to his desire to save his political skin come the next election.
After John wraps up and they nudge the other members in the chamber awake, Norman Lamb jumps up and adds:
Remarkably for my hon. Friend, he managed to avoid controversy, although I suspect that that may not be repeated in future contributions in the Chamber.You don't say, Norman, you don't say.