How a Cheshire town council meeting descended into chaos and became an unlikely viral hit

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Handforth Parish Council

Network TV channels and streaming services alike have been battling it out for top ratings and viewing figures throughout the entirety of lockdown.

But nothing has us more invested right now than this local town council meeting.

What started as your typical, run-of-the-mill Zoom call between several members of Handforth Parish Council in Wilmslow, quickly descended into what can only be described as absolute chaos, with swearing councillors trading insults left, right and centre.

And after clips of the meeting were posted to Twitter yesterday, it then went on to become a bonafide internet sensation.

Not only has it been shared over 16,000 times, but it’s also spawned an unlikely star.

With the tension between councillors continuing to build and plenty of passive aggression having been traded in the lead up, the meeting eventually culminated with the Handforth Parish Council Clerk himself being booted off the call entirely by the name on everyone’s lips right now – none other than, Jackie Weaver.

“You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver”.

Those were the Clerk’s famous last words before Jackie Weaver exercised the authority she actually did have, and removed him from the meeting.

And it all went rapidly downhill from there.

The meeting might not have gone the way it was originally planned, but it was those foul-mouthed insults, hysterical fits of laughter, and Jackie’s undeniably savage actions that catapulted both Handforth Parish Council and Jackie Weaver to becoming trending topics on Twitter.

Jackie has even bagged herself her very own parody Twitter account too.

Some have been describing the whole thing as “British comedy gold” and “the best British comedy in decades”, and honestly, they’re not wrong.

No really, the internet just can’t stop talking about it.

Even Manchester City Council has got in on the gag as well.

We don’t mean to exaggerate, but this is one of the best things we’ve seen in ages.

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