MP Jess Philips 'appalled' after Labour colleague filmed saying 'on your knees bitch'

MP Jess Philips ‘appalled’ after Labour colleague filmed saying ‘on your knees bitch’

Labour MP Jess Phillips says she is “appalled” after a video was published of a fellow Labour MP saying “get on your knees bitch”.

MP Clive Lewis made the remark at an event organised by Momentum, a campaign group which supports Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

A short clip, published on the Guido Fawkes website, does not provide any context for the remark. Mr Lewis is shown in front of a crowd of people and raises the microphone to his mouth before saying the words.

He appears to be addressing someone who cannot be seen in the film. A second video was later shared on Twitter showing that he was talking to a young man who had been asked to come up on to the stage and sit down.

The crowd responds noisily, and a woman with a microphone then chastises Mr Lewis, saying: “This is meant to be a safe space, thank you”.

Ms Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said on Twitter: “Just seen the Clive Lewis video. Obviously I am appalled, just listened to 7 teenage girls speak up about gender inequality. Perhaps I’ll bring them to work on Monday.”

Clive Lewis

Mr Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, is a former Shadow Defence Secretary and Shadow Business Secretary, and had been seen as a potential future leadership candidate.

Following criticism from Ms Philips and other Labour MPs such as Stella Creasy, Mr Lewis issued a statement apologising.

He said on Twitter: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”

A Labour spokesman said: “The Labour Party condemns the language used by Clive Lewis. It was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard expected of Labour MPs.”

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