Labour MP Clive Lewis hit the headlines last week for the wrong reasons over footage from a stage appearance at a Novara Media party.
Many have expressed the opinion that Labour’s opponents – and Lewis’ inside the party – are fabricating outrage – over a clip that has been in the public domain for almost a month – as a ‘dead cat’ to distract from the Tories’ ongoing Brexit disaster, especially in view of the fact that Lewis was talking to a man on stage. However, Lewis himself has held up his hands and apologised for his choice of words.
But the Tories appear to have been in conflict over their attempt to ‘milk’ a feeble premise by tabling, through MP Nusrat Ghani, an ‘urgent debate’ on the issue on the ludicrous grounds that Lewis had ‘undermined Parliament’.
The SKWAWKBOX understands from senior parliamentary sources that Ms Ghani faced pressure from Tory whips to drop her request because of fears that Tory skeletons would be dragged out of closets, but her colleague Amanda Milling MP appeared to try to raise it in the Commons Chamber as a ‘point of order’.
However, Ms Milling received a stern warning from Speaker John Bercow, who told her that he had received, from an unnamed MP, an “absurd and inappropriate application for a debate under SO24” which he had had to tell the MP would not be heard and that Ms Milling should not try to raise it even as a point of order.
It seems the Tories over-reached in their desperation to have something, anything to divert attention from the continuing haplessness of Theresa May and what passes for her ‘team’, whose cluelessness has been so profound that May has been accused in German newspapers of an undignified ‘begging for help’ from EU leaders in order to avoid returning to the UK looking even more forlorn than she has so far.
Tory HQ was contacted for confirmation and comment on these tortured events, but has so far failed to respond.
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