Jeremy Corbyn was accused of mouthing “stupid woman” to the Theresa May during a heated Prime Minister’s Questions session focused on Brexit. Chuka Umunna suggested the resulting dispute was the “worst advertisement” to British politics the establishment could have given the public and called for the weekly parley be abolished. His shocking proposal triggered the outrageous reaction of ITV journalist Robert Peston, who came out defending the convention.
Mr Peston sounded surprised after Mr Umunna put forward his proposal, letting out: “Abolish what?
“In the rest of the world, they actually look at PMQs and say ‘this is an unusual institution because it holds the leader to account.’”
Mr Umunna insisted saying PMQs is “useless” and claimed several people had complained about the “appaling” political tradition.
He said: “This points to me the to the whole problem with PMQs. It is a bloody disgrace, abolish the thing. It is completely useless.
Jeremy Corbyn appears to mouth ‘stupid woman’ after May attack
“The whole institution is the worst advertisement for all the characteristics of British politics people hate.”
Mr Umunna added: “The rest of the world watch this and they go ‘my God, is that the way you run your country.’ I’ve honestly got people telling me they think it’s appalling.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to call Theresa May a “stupid woman” after she said the Labour Party “aren’t impressed” with his stance on Brexit.
Mrs May responded: “Can I say to my right honourable friend that I think everybody in this House particular in this 100th year of women getting the vote, should be aiming to encourage women to come into this chamber and stand in this chamber, and should therefore use appropriate language in this chamber when referring to female members.”
Mr Corbyn had demanded to know when Mrs May planned to meet EU leaders to get their approval for changes to her Brexit plan.
At PMQs, he asked: “She’s now claiming she’s still seeking further assurances while all the time running down the clock on the alternatives. So can she explain to us when the European Council will meet to approve the changes they have already ruled out?”
Mrs May dodged the question, instead attacking Mr Corbyn for his lack of an alternative to her Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister said: “Week after week he has stood here on this issue and talked about what he is against. He never says what he is for.
“He can talk all he likes about a meaningful vote – after he gives us a meaningful position.”
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “He did not call her a stupid woman and so I don’t think there’s any basis for an apology.
“As I understand it, he said ‘stupid people’.”
The spokesman said Mr Corbyn was referring generally to MPs who were not taking the issues being debated seriously.