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US News Conservative minister 'called traitor' by opposition MP during Brexit debate

08:40  23 october  2019
08:40  23 october  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A Conservative minister has accused another MP of calling him a traitor during a debate on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Tuesday night. Mr Buckland noted at the beginning of his speech that he was “a proud Remainer”, at which point he was interrupted by jeers from the opposition benches in

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A Conservative minister has accused another MP of calling him a traitor during a debate on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Tuesday night.

Robert Buckland QC claimed to have been heckled as he was speaking in the last slot before the crucial vote on the Brexit timetable.

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Mr Buckland noted at the beginning of his speech that he was “a proud Remainer”, at which point he was interrupted by jeers from the opposition benches in the Commons.

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He then interrupted his speech to say: “I’ve just heard a word shouted across the chamber ‘traitor’.

“Now that concerns me Mr Speaker. It concerns, and should concern, all of us because I do not believe anybody in this place is a traitor,” he added.

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“I do not believe anybody, no matter what view they might have is somehow disloyal or dishonorable or dishonest or below the standards that we would expect in this place.

“Because I believe that not only do we call ourselves ‘honourable members’ we are honourable men and women and we come here with the best of intentions.”

Mikey Smith, the Mirror’s politics correspondent, tweeted that Labour MP’s looked “confused” at the accusations as they didn’t appear to hear the insult.

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“It’s possible someone did call Robert Buckland a traitor from across the chamber, but I didn’t hear it, and from the confused look on the faces of a lot of Labour MPs, neither did they,” he tweeted.

Last month, Boris Johnson was accused by a Labour MP of “inciting hatred” towards politicians with his use of language over Brexit.

Paula Sherriff said the Prime Minister’s use of words like “surrender” and “betrayal” to describe opponents of a no-deal Brexit was the same language used in abuse and death threats to MPs like Jo Cox.

Leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn asks a question in the House of Commons in London Monday Oct. 21, 2019. Corbyn asked questions Monday after Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow rejected a government request for a meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal with Europe. (House of Commons via AP) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn asks a question in the House of Commons in London Monday Oct. 21, 2019. Corbyn asked questions Monday after Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow rejected a government request for a meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal with Europe. (House of Commons via AP)

“I believe the Prime Minister is inciting hatred towards MPs,” she told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“We’re not weak, but when you have constant abuse every single day of your life … it’s bound to have an impact on what you do on a day to day basis.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also criticised Mr Johnson for dismissing pleas from Labour MPs to stop using inflammatory language.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28:  Paula Sherriff attends The Eve Appeal afternoon tea party to mark the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at House of Commons on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for The Eve Appeal) © 2018 Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Paula Sherriff attends The Eve Appeal afternoon tea party to mark the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at House of Commons on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for The Eve Appeal)

“The prime minister’s language and demeanour yesterday was nothing short of disgraceful,” the Labour leader said.

“Three years ago our colleague Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right activist shouting: ‘Britain First. This is for Britain.’

“The language that politicians use matters, it has real consequences.

“To dismiss concerns from honourable members about the death threats they receive, and to dismiss concerns that the language used by the prime minister is being repeated in those death threats, is reprehensible.”

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