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Johnson rebuked for inflammatory language

September 26, 2019 10:55 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

The Prime Minister has been roundly condemned by MPs from across the political spectrum for the "inflammatory language" used in Parliament last night in reference to murdered MP Jo Cox and the ongoing Brexit crisis.

A number of MPs gave accounts of receiving threats to themselves and family members, and that the use of such rhetoric by the Prime Minister and others would only serve to exacerbate the situation.

In response to one intervention, Prime Minister Johnson described the claims as "humbug".

Liz Jarvis for Southampton ItchenLiz Jarvis
, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen said:

"I was horrified by events in the House of Commons last night, both by the use of divisive language and the Prime Minister's completely inappropriate reference to the murdered MP Jo Cox.

"It is clear that feelings are running high across the country as a result of the Conservative Government's failure to get a Brexit deal through the House of Commons despite three years of supposedly trying to negotiate one.

"The only way to resolve this mess and restore calm is to put a vote on the Brexit deal v Remain back to the people."

Joe Richards, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test, added:

Joe Richards for Southampton Test"Yesterday's display in the House of Commons represents two things. Firstly, the divisions that remain across this country, and secondly, the desperate need for a reformed politics and formal constitution in the UK - as called for my our own Layla Moran MP.

"During these heated times we need to talk kindly across divides to reach a way forward.

"Additionally the more transparent and robust we can make politics then the greater respect our general public will have for the House.

"I certainly don't respect the recent inflammatory language of Boris Johnson, and share the condemnation from MPs"

Last night, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson commented:

"Boris Johnson's comments this evening were a total disgrace. He has demeaned the office of Prime Minister and he should apologise for them immediately."