Who won the English Premier League last season? How much is a pint of milk? What is the number-one single in the record charts at the moment?

These are just some of the questions politicians can face when a journalist uses the pub quiz technique in a bid to catch them out and make those running for public office look out of touch.

The mischievous method hit the headlines over the weekend after Emily Thornberry accused Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan of "sexism".

His crime? Murnaghan dared to ask the name of the French foreign minister.

The shadow foreign and Brexit secretary didn't seem to be familiar with Jean-Marc Ayrault and subsequently attacked Murnaghan.

"Do you know what, what really upsets me about your attitude to me is that you do this with me. I don't remember you doing it with anybody else, you know," Thornberry protested.

"Have you done it to David Davis? Have you asked these questions? Do Sky journalists have a go at Boris Johnson on this basis? How about Liam Fox? Do you do pub quizzes with them?

"I mean honestly. Can we talk about some serious stuff?"

Thornberry's accusation drew criticism from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who claimed the top Labour politician was "debasing" the "sexism" term in a bid to cover her "own poor performance".

The shadow Brexit secretary is just the latest politician to fall foul of the political quiz. David Cameron admitted in 2013 he didn't know the price of a loaf of bread because he made his own, thanks to an expensive bread maker.

"It takes 30 seconds to put in the ingredients. I'd recommend the Panasonic. There you are, that's a shameless plug," he told LBC's Nick Ferrari.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, appearing on the Good Morning Britain TV show the following year, was also undone by a pub quiz style question.

"Well, it depends how much you're spending," Miliband replied when asked what the average weekly household grocery bill was. Nick Clegg is also among the long-list of political quiz victims.

"I think it's about £30 quid now, isn't it?" the then Liberal Democrat leader told a ITV Westcountry caller in 2006. He was refereeing to the basic pension, which was actually £90.70 a week for a single person. For a couple, it was more than £145.