Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Must not call a female stupid
Britain: William Hague was today forced to explain himself in the Commons after calling a Labour MP a ‘stupid woman’. The Foreign Secretary insisted he had never intended to cause any offence after mouthing the words during Prime Minister’s Questions.
As Labour MP Cathy Jamieson asked David Cameron about donations to the Tory party, Mr Hague was seen on the frontbench muttering 'stupid woman, stupid woman'.
Labour's Fiona O'Donnell later called on Speaker John Bercow to ensure ‘there are lines which [MPs] do not cross’ and urged Mr Hague to ‘apologise to ensure that his reputation, but also the reputation of this place, is not damaged by such behaviour.’
In response Mr Hague said: ‘I mutter many things in this House. Others shout them rather louder than I do but I mutter many things under my breath and I never intend any offence to any other honourable members.’
However, Labour tried to capitalise on the row, accusing Mr Hague of being sexist.