Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, has apologised after video footage appeared of him telling an individual “to get on your knees, bitch”. The Labour Party apologised for Lewis’s behaviour and said that “his behaviour was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard we expect”.
Harriet Harman, the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said on Twitter:
“Inexplicable. Inexcusable. Dismayed”.
Jess Phillips, the 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”.
Yvette Cooper, the former Shadow Home Secretary, said on Twitter:
“Agree w Jess. No excuse for saying this, whatever context”.
Stella Creasey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow said:
“Its not OK. Even if meant as joke, reinforces menace that men have the physical power to force compliance- time for http://labourtoo.org.uk”.