Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to mutter the words “stupid woman” under his breath in the House of Commons during a heated session on Brexit. The alleged misogynistic insult came moments after Prime Minister Theresa May issued a withering put-down about her political opponent following his final question. She said: “I know it’s the Christmas season and the pantomime season. He’s going to put a confidence vote – oh yes he is, oh no he isn’t.
“I’ve got some advice. Look behind you. They’re not impressed and neither is the country.”
Will Jeremy Corbyn apologise after calling May ‘stupid woman?
Mr Corbyn’s alleged insult left MPs livid in the House of Commons.
Attempts were made to get Speaker John Bercow to take action but he declined to act.
Mr Bercow said: “I am happy to look at that evidence if that evidence exists. I would come back on the matter as advised by the Clerk after the two statements to the House.”
Conservative Chairman Brandon Lewis urged Mr Corbyn to either “apologise or clarify”.
Deputy Tory chairman James Cleverly said on Twitter: “This kind of misogynistic language must not be tolerated.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “The mask slips. Jeremy Corbyn’s abuse of the Prime Minister shows what a reactionary misogynist he is.”
Mr Corbyn was also criticised by his own backbenchers, with Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy saying: “This is not ok.
She said: ”PMQs is a hotbed of emotions but I hope that Jeremy will accept this kind of behaviour isn’t his normal good nature or what we expect of progressive men.”
But a Labour spokesman said that Mr Corbyn had said “stupid people”, referring generally to MPs who were not taking the issues being debated seriously.
He said: “He did not call her a stupid woman and so I don’t think there’s any basis for an apology.”