Jeremy Corbyn accused of calling UK Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’
United Kingdom Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of mouthing “stupid woman” at Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament.
- A spokesman has denied the claims and has added that Mr Corbyn said “stupid people”
- An MP demanded Mr Corbyn apologise however as the Speaker missed the incident he was unable to rule on it
- Mrs May said everyone in the House should use “appropriate language”
This incident happened during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons as Mrs May mocked Mr Corbyn’s failed attempt to bring about a vote of no-confidence in the PM earlier in the week.
Television cameras inside the house captured Mr Corbyn mouthing words towards Mrs May but it is unclear what he actually said.
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn denied the claims, saying the Labour leader instead said “stupid people”.
“As far as I’m aware he was saying ‘stupid people’ in regard to what was going on in the chamber,” the spokesman told Sky News.
“Lip-reading in such circumstances is always open to doubt.
“He did not say that.”
Conservative MPs were quick to call out Mr Corbyn, with Tory deputy chair James Cleverly saying “this kind of misogynistic language must not be tolerated”.
Conservative MP Sir Patrick McLoughin demanded Mr Corbyn apologise over the alleged remark but Speaker John Bercow said he did not see the incident and therefore could not rule on it.
Mrs May was not aware of the alleged mouthing until told about it by the chief whip but said everyone in the House should use “appropriate language”.
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“I think that everybody in this house, particularly in this 100th year anniversary of women getting the vote, should be aiming to encourage women to come into this chamber and to stand in this chamber and should therefore use appropriate language in this chamber when referring to female members,” she said.
Wednesday was the final PMQs for the year and it was dominated by questions about the UK’s exit from the European Union, with Britain currently heading towards a hard Brexit on March 29 next year unless Mrs May’s deal is passed by parliament in the new year.