Labour MP brands Tory MP an “idiot” during Queen’s Speech debate

June 12, 2014 3:21 pm

The Queen’s Speech debate is drawing to a close in the Commons, but it’s not been without rancour.

This afternoon Labour MP Ian Austin referred to a Tory opponent as “the idiot from Bournemouth”. He was forced to apologise by the Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo – although he apologised to her, not the Tory MP in question. Here’s the exchange:

  • Monkey_Bach

    Less insult than fair comment, surely. Eeek.

  • ColinAdkins

    Why do MPs bow to these redundant conventions? They appear to have a robust manner in the Australian parliament if only they could ditch the sometimes sexist and racist bagage.

  • derekemery

    I think all MPs should dress up for their parts:- clip-on bone though the nose, face and body paint, grass skirts , and polystyrene spears to shake at the opposition in time in time with “Hear, hear”

  • Sandy_Jamieson

    I wonder what she called John Reid after his amorous advance to all those years ago

  • Gerald Allen

    We note that, so far, there has been no attempt by the Tory to sue Ian Austin for slander. Keep up the good work Iain.

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