JEREMY CORBYN faced a sexism storm after appearing to call Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’ in the Commons yesterday.
The Labour leader was accused of muttering the words amid angry exchanges at the weekly prime minister’s questions session.
Mrs May did not react but, within a few minutes, Conservative MPs were excitedly looking at their mobile phones as footage went online.
Hours later, Mr Corbyn returned to the House to explain himself — telling MPs he had said ‘stupid people’. Some lip-readers backed him but other experts disagreed.
Deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, a guest of Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, said the words were ‘stupid woman’ when the presenter showed her the footage without revealing what had allegedly been said. Thousands of social media users — including Hollywood actor Rob Lowe — weighed in with condemnation as the video went viral.
The disputed comment came as Mrs May sat down to cheers after likening Mr Corbyn’s bid to make her face a confidence vote to a ‘pantomime’.
When Tory MP Paul Scully alerted her to the row in a question, she said: ‘I think that everybody in this House, particularly on the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, should use appropriate language when they are referring to female members.’
Health secretary Matt Hancock called Mr Corbyn a ‘reactionary misogynist’. When PMQs ended, Tories urged Speaker John Bercow to sanction Mr Corbyn — who was also rebuked in a tweet by Labour’s Stella Creasy.
Mr Bercow said it was ‘easy to see’ from the video why the remark was construed as ‘stupid woman’ but no one could be sure. Commons leader Andrea Leadsom pointed out that she was called a stupid woman by the Speaker during a clash back in May.