A Labour MP has apologised “unreservedly” after he was filmed on stage saying: “Get on your knees, b**ch”.
The video of Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, was apparently taken at a Labour event and later emerged on social media.
It sparked widespread condemnation, with a party spokeswoman saying: “The Labour Party condemn the language used by Clive Lewis. It was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard we expect of Labour MPs.”
Inexplicable. Inexcusable. Dismayed. https://t.co/ZayhciCphU
— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) October 20, 2017
— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) October 20, 2017
Other critics among Mr Lewis’ peers included the chairwoman of the women’s parliamentary Labour Party, Jess Phillips, who tweeted: “Just seen the Clive Lewis video. Obviously I am appalled, just listened to 7 teenage girls speak up about gender inequality. Perhaps I’ll bring them to work on Monday.”
Former deputy party leader Harriet Harman tweeted: “Inexplicable. Inexcusable. Dismayed”.
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In the wake of the storm, Mr Lewis -quit the frontbench earlier this year when he rebelled against Mr Corbyn – issued an apology, tweeting: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”
I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.
— Clive Lewis (@labourlewis) October 20, 2017
A source from Momentum, whose event Mr Lewis was said to have made the comments, said the MP had directed them to a male participant on stage who was kneeling down to take the score during a game show segment at an event, not to a female audience member.
But former minister Yvette Cooper tweeted: “No excuse for saying this, whatever context.”
And Labour MP Stella Creasy added: “It’s not OK. Even if meant as a joke, reinforces menace that men have the physical power to force compliance.”
Agree w Jess. No excuse for saying this, whatever context. https://t.co/Sq0krWTeBx
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) October 20, 2017
(Top picture: PA)