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Twitter reacts to MPs' official portraits

David Davis 'looks like a cartoon detective', while other portraits look downright sinister

The first ever official portraits of Britain's MPs have proved the cause of much mirth online.

Returning MPs and newcomers alike were snapped by photographer Chris McAndrew as part of a revamp of Parliament's official website.

MPs and peers were shot in atmospheric shadows against a stern grey backdrop, some of them clearly more comfortable than others. Liberal Democrat Tom Brake's gangling pose drew groans from one constituent:

Meanwhile, Labour's Emily Thornberry got the thumbs-up:

Predictably, the dramatic headshots proved a boon to Twitter jokers, who lost no time adding their own creative captions:

For many, the aura the parliamentarians gave off was far from stately:

Although a few of the shots seemed downright sinister:

The discussion also gave rise to some ingeniously specific comparisons:

Even the MPs themselves got in on the game, with Stockton South MP Paul Williams skewering his questionable wardrobe choice:

Scottish Conservative Paul Masterton was similarly uncomfortable with the result of his photoshoot:

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