Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for 'get on your knees' jibe

Posted on Oct 21 2017 - 5:50am by admin

The footage of Clive Lewis was reportedly taken at an event held by the pro-Jeremy Corbyn hard-Left Momentum group at the Labour conference in Brighton. 

Former shadow business secretary Mr Lewis is heard to say: “Get on your knees, b****.” 

It was unclear whether the words were aimed at a woman, but a Momentum source claims it was a man kneeling on stage taking score during a “game show segment” at the event. 

Norwich South MP Mr Lewis, once tipped as a future Labour leader, said: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”

However, he was quickly attacked by top female Labour MPs at a time when women politicians have received a high level of abuse on social media.

Ex-deputy party leader Harriet Harman said on Twitter: “Inexplicable. Inexcusable. Dismayed.” 

Women’s parliamentary Labour Party chairwoman Jess Phillips said she was “appalled” and former minister Yvette Cooper tweeted: “No excuse for saying this, whatever context.”

A party spokeswoman said Mr Lewis’s language was “completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard we expect of Labour MPs”.

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