Jeremy Corbyn accused of ‘stupid woman’ jibe at Theresa May

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Media captionPMQs: Does Jeremy Corbyn name Could a ‘silly lady’?

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn is going through calls to apologise for apparently calling Theresa Could a “silly lady” throughout Prime Minister’s Questions.

The prime minister was mocking Mr Corbyn throughout heated exchanges, telling him to “look behind you” when he was caught on digicam muttering phrases.

Conservative MPs known as on the Labour chief to be ordered to apologise.

Speaker John Bercow mentioned he had not seen the alleged incident and so couldn’t “instantly” rule on it.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn mentioned: “He didn’t name her a silly lady and so I do not assume there’s any foundation for an apology. As I perceive it, he mentioned ‘silly individuals’.”

The spokesman mentioned Mr Corbyn was referring typically to MPs who weren’t taking the problems being debated significantly.

Mr Corbyn had clashed with the prime minister over her Brexit deal, calling her determination final week to delay a vote on it a “deeply cynical manoeuvre” from a “failing” prime minister.

Mrs Could hit again at Mr Corbyn, saying he had not tabled his promised no-confidence movement, and had then tabled one which was ineffective.

“I do know it is the… pantomime season,” she informed MPs, “is he going to place a confidence vote? Oh sure he’s,” she mentioned, prompting backbench Tories MPs to chant “oh no he is not”.

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Persevering with the pantomime theme, she informed the Labour chief “look behind you – they don’t seem to be impressed and neither is the nation”.

Mr Corbyn could possibly be seen saying one thing beneath his breath in response.

Former minister Sir Patrick McLoughlin used a degree of order to accuse Mr Corbyn of getting “muttered” that Theresa Could was a “silly lady”.

Cries of “disgrace” and “disgraceful” have been heard from the Tory benches at this level.

Sir Patrick added: “Would it not not be acceptable for him to return again into this chamber and apologise?”

The row continued after Prime Minister’s Questions, with a string of feminine Conservative MPs becoming a member of in with requires an apology.

Commons chief Andrea Leadsom turned on the Speaker himself, reminding Mr Bercow of his failure to apologise to her for calling her a “silly lady” throughout an incident earlier this yr.

Mr Bercow mentioned he had already handled that matter.

He repeatedly insisted he wished to see the proof earlier than “saying” on Mr Corbyn’s “innocence or guilt”.

Former minister Anna Soubry prompt Mr Bercow can be extra inclined to take motion if the phrases had been uttered by a Conservative frontbencher at a feminine Labour MP.

Mr Bercow, who was being shouted at and heckled by Tory MPs, responded saying: “I can’t be anticipated to deprecate the behaviour of a person which I didn’t witness.”

Tory MP Caroline Johnson mentioned the problem had induced “vital upset” and requested when the Speaker would reply.

Mr Bercow mentioned her request was “affordable” and he would reply the identical day.

Veteran Labour MP Margaret Beckett prompt the accusations have been celebration political:

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