Boris Johnson is coming under fire for appearing to call Jeremy Corbyn a ‘big girl’s blouse’ during a turbulent Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Prime Minister was caught on camera apparently using the insult against the Mr Corbyn, saying: “Call an election, you great big girl’s blouse.”
The stormy debate also saw the Prime Minister brand Mr Corbyn a ‘chlorinated chicken’ and describe Labour’s plan for the economy as ‘sh*t or bust’.
Labour MP Emma Hardy criticised the PM on Twitter for his language during the exchange, accusing him of ‘bringing shame’ on Parliament.
PM Johnson is brining shame on the mother of all parliaments, swearing in parliament and ignoring questions. His attitude is one of contempt. This is not the Bullingdon debating club, this is real life. The arrogance and entitlement is breathtaking. #NastyParty— Emma Hardy MP (@EmmaHardyMP) September 4, 2019
The speaker has just reprimanded PM Johnson for using names in parliament, his response was like a small child being told off. He moaned, rolled his eyes and muttered to his friends next to him. Pathetic.He is not a statesman, he is not prime ministerial, he’s a joke. #NastyParty— Emma Hardy MP (@EmmaHardyMP) September 4, 2019
Mr Johnson was accused of racism by Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi over his column for the Daily Telegraph in which he compared Muslim women to letterboxes.
Mr Dhesi gestured around the Commons and asked: “Mr Speaker, if I decide to wear a turban, or you decide to wear a cross, or he decides to wear a kippah or a skull cap, or she decides to wear a hijab or burka, does that mean that it is open season for right honourable members of this House to make divisive and derogatory remarks about our appearance?
“For those of us who from a young age who have had to endure and face up to being called towel head or Taliban or coming from bongo-bongo land, we can appreciate full well the hurt and pain felt by already vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like ‘bank robbers’ and letter boxes’.”
Mr Dhesi was met with an enthusiastic round of applause from MPs in the chamber.
Powerful call for PM to recognise when he mocked Muslim women for wearing burka he wasn’t defending liberal democracy, he was demeaning it from @TanDhesi - that PM then doubled down on his attack by refusing to apologise speaks volumes about his commitment to equality #PMQs— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) September 4, 2019
Guto Bebb, one of 21 Conservative who had the whip removed on Tuesday, said: “I said before he was Prime Minister that I didn’t think he was fit for the office he was seeking, and now that he is Prime Minister, I still don’t think he is fit for that office.
“The casual manner in which Mr Johnson has been willing to use dog-whistle politics in some of his Telegraph columns is frankly unworthy of somebody in the highest office in the land.”