Anger in House of Commons after Labour appear to compare Gary Lineker suspension to 'Putin's Russia'

Labour shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell said Gary Lineker being taken off air for tweeting something 'the Government doesn’t like' sounds like 'Putin’s Russia'. Asking an urgent question in the Commons, Ms Powell said: 'What does she (Culture minister Julia Lopez) think it looks like to the outside world that a much-loved sports presenter is taken off air for tweeting something the Government doesn’t like? 'It sounds more like Putin’s Russia to me.' Responding to a question from former minister Andrew Percy, culture minister Julia Lopez said Ms Powell's comparison between the Government and Putin's regime was 'disgraceful'.