UK parliament erupts as Corbyn accused of calling PM a ‘stupid woman’

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By Reuters

LONDON — Britain’s House of Commons erupted in anger on Wednesday when Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to mouth the words “stupid woman” after a lively exchange with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Corbyn’s remark was captured by television cameras during the question-and-answer session in parliament that British leaders have to endure every Wednesday.

He had been peppering May with hostile questions about her decision last week to postpone a parliamentary vote on a long-awaited divorce deal with the European Union.

In reply, May had suggested Corbyn might not enjoy the support of his own lawmakers over the EU and, taking a well-worn line from Christmas pantomimes, said: “I’ve got some advice for the Right Honourable Gentleman – look behind you!

“They are not impressed and neither is the country!”

Corbyn then shook his head and appeared to mutter “stupid woman” under his breath.

A spokesman for Corbyn later said: “He did not call her a stupid woman, so I don’t think there are any grounds for an apology. As I understand it, he said ‘stupid people'”

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