Tory MP Johnny Mercer reveals huge black eye from canoeing accident

‘Owned by nature’: Tory MP Johnny Mercer gives thumbs up as reveals huge black eye from canoeing accident

  • Johnny Mercer went on a canoeing trip down the River Tamar near his home
  • The Plymouth Moor View MP got into difficulty and injured his face
  • Giving a thumbs up, he admitted that he’s ‘not good at canoeing’ but wasn’t badly hurt

Johnny Mercer MP was forced to admit he’s not very good at canoeing after taking a knock to head on a trip down the Tamar River.

Enjoying the weekend back in his Devon constituency, the Plymouth Moor View MP was paddling down the scenic waterway when he got into difficulty. 

But the veterans minister was unable to defend himself and ended up with a nasty cut above his eye.

Giving the thumbs up, Mr Mercer took to social media to share his misfortune with his followers.

Johnny Mercer MP was forced to admit he’s not very good at canoeing after taking a knock to head on a trip down the Tamar River

‘I think it’s important in life to work out what you’re not good at, as well as what you are. Canoeing would seem to joint that rather long and illustrious list for me,’ he wrote.

‘Loved it though. Still gonna finish the Tamar top to bottom.. there’s a pint on the Barbican with my name on it.’ 

Later on he posted an image of his eyelid swollen over, adding: ‘All’s well that ends well. Wounds like this are made to be be laughed at, so here you go – enjoy. Owned by nature once again…’

The MP and former Army officer has been enjoying a bit of ‘me time’ after he and his wife Felicity welcomed a new member of their family into the world two months ago.

Later on he posted an image of his eyelid swollen over, adding: ‘All’s well that ends well. Wounds like this are made to be be laughed at, so here you go – enjoy. Owned by nature once again…’

Their daughter, Audrey, was born on Saturday, June 27 which – fittingly for a former Army Captain who is now an Armed Forces Minister – was Armed Forces Day.

She is their third child.

On Instagram, Mr Mercer said: ‘A gift from heaven on Armed Forces day. In awe of my beautiful wife. Welcome to the world Audrey.’

In a tweet, the Ministry of Defence said: ‘Massive congratulations to Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

‘Johnny Mercer and his family who celebrated Armed Forces Day in style with the birth of his daughter Audrey.’

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