Usually calm and clinical Labour MP Barry Gardiner was caught justifiably losing his cool in Commons with a heckling Tory – and Jeremy Corbyn’s double-take was memorable
Labour MP Barry Gardiner’s calm and clinical handling of hostile interviewers has made him one of Labour’s star media performers, but on Monday Gardiner was captured by House of Commons cameras losing his temper with Tory front-bencher Ben Wallace as Wallace heckled Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.
The Brent North MP was spotted by journalist Alain de Tolhurst, who tweeted the video – but Gardiner’s ‘Shut up you stupid man’ rebuke is more than worth a closer look, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s double-take was a picture:
One amused senior Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX “This was Top Baz”.
Such heckling is all too typical of the Tories, who routinely abuse government, process and our democracy – even hiding MPs from the Speaker’s eye-line on the steps to the benches, in order to facilitate their behaviour. But only rarely do viewers have the opportunity to get a feel for the nonsense that Labour MPs have to put up with from the so-called government.
Well done Barry Gardiner for showing a fiery side to his usually calm demeanour.
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