Did Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn call British Prime Minister ‘stupid woman?’ This was the topic of an intense discussion in the British parliament on Wednesday soon after the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions ended.
TV cameras picked up Corbyn muttering something under his breath after May likened his attempt to force a confidence vote earlier this week to a Christmas pantomine. This prompted Tory MPs to ask the Speaker to take action against Corbyn for his alleged sexist remark.
Conservative MP Paul Scully said, “When we will be celebrating 100 years of women getting to vote, do you think it’s appropriate language to call people ‘stupid woman’ in this chamber?”
PM Theresa May her self took got up on her seat and lodged a strong protest against Corbyn. Shje said, “Everybody in this House, particularly in this 100th year of 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 they’re referring to female members.”
Conservative MP Sir Patrick McLoughlin demanded an apology from Corbyn for the allegd sexist remark. He said, “:Would it not be appropriate for him to come back in the chamber and apologise?”
The Speaker of the House, John Bercow, expressed his inability to force the Leader of the Opposition to apologise when he had not heard him utter the alleged objectionable words. He said, “It is incumbent upon all members of the House to operate in accordance with its best conventions and to follow the conventions and courtesies. If a member has failed to do so, that member has a responsibility to apologise. He is quite right to say that. What he cannot and I am sure does not expect me to do is to pronounce a verdict in a circumstance that I did not witness.”
Corbyn, for his part maintained that he did not call PM May ‘stupid woman.’ He said, “During Prime Minister’s Question Time today, I referred to those, who I believe were seeking to turn a debate about the national crisis facing our country into a pantomine as stupid people. Mr Speaker, I did not use the words ‘stupid woman’ about the prime minister or anyone else.”