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Angela Rayner Accused Of Calling Tory MP ‘Scum’ In Commons

Written by on October 21, 2020

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Angela Rayner Accused Of Calling Tory MP ‘Scum’ In Commons

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has been accused of calling a Tory MP “scum” during a Commons debate on Covid-19 restrictions for Greater Manchester.

Chris Clarkson, who represents Heywood and Middleton, had said Labour was guiltily of “opportunism” and “hindsight behaviour” after high-profile rows between mayor Andy Burnham and Downing Street. 

He also criticised Labour shadow education secretary Kate Green, who recently was forced to apologise for saying Labour activists should not “let a good crisis go to waste”. 

Rayner could be heard heckling Clarkson from her position on the Labour benches.

“Excuse me, did [Rayner] just call me scum?” Clarkson said.

Eleanor Laing, the deputy Speaker of the Commons, also intervened. 

“From the frontbench, we will not have remarks like that, not under any circumstances, no matter how heartfelt it might be. Not at all,” she told Rayner.

Rayner then called a point of order and claimed that Clarkson had been “saying things about the frontbench which are inaccurate in their speech and would ask [him] to withdraw it.” 

It was not clear, however, whether Rayner was referring to the alleged “scum” statement or about remarks about Green. 

Clarkson replied: “I should clarify, I asked if that is what [Rayner] called me. That’s what I heard.” 

Tory MPs lined up to call on Rayner to clarify her words and apologise. 

Andrew Bowie, Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, tweeted: “Absolutely disgraceful. @AngelaRayner is the deputy leader of the Labour Party. She should be ashamed and @Keir_Starmer should make her apologise.

“We’ve become numb to abusive language in politics on social media – let’s not take it into the chamber of the House of Commons.” 

HuffPost UK has approached Rayner for comment.

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