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Labour MP Dawn Butler barred from Commons for ‘liar’ rant  

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A Labour MP was dramatically barred from the Commons chamber this afternoon after repeatedly branding Boris Johnson a ‘liar’.

Dawn Butler was told to leave by the chair after delivering an extraordinary rant about how ‘poor people have paid with their lives’ because of the PM ‘misleading the House’. 

She accused Mr Johnson of lying over his claim that the UK has ‘severed the link between [Covid] infection and serious disease and death’.

Scientists say that vaccines have weakened the link between severe illness and coronavirus infections, but not completely severed it. 

Hospitalisations are growing at a much slower rate than in previous coronavirus waves.


The Department of Health said 39,906 people tested positive across the UK in the past 24 hours, marking a 17.8 per cent drop on the number last Thursday. It is the first time there has been a week-on-week fall since May 18. 

Meanwhile, Covid deaths — which lag behind infection numbers by several weeks — were up by 33.3 per cent with another 84 victims recorded today. The average number of people dying from the virus each day now stands at 55, which is double the figure earlier this month but still 20 times fewer than at the peak of the second wave.

Latest data shows there were 788 Covid hospital admissions on July 18, a rise of 35 per cent on the previous week. Hospitalisations appear to be doubling roughly every three weeks.

The former frontbencher Ms Butler was asked to withdraw her remarks – which flouted parliamentary etiquette rules – by fellow Labour MP Judith Cummins, who was presiding over the session.

But she flatly refused to do so, insisting she had thought about it and still felt the same way. It forced the temporary Deputy Speaker to eject her –  and she will also lose a day’s pay.


Dawn Butler was told to leave by the chair after delivering an extraordinary rant about how 'poor people have paid with their lives' because of the PM 'misleading the House'

Dawn Butler was told to leave by the chair after delivering an extraordinary rant about how 'poor people have paid with their lives' because of the PM 'misleading the House'

Dawn Butler was told to leave by the chair after delivering an extraordinary rant about how ‘poor people have paid with their lives’ because of the PM ‘misleading the House’

The Brent Central MP mounted the protest during an education debate in the chamber today

The Brent Central MP mounted the protest during an education debate in the chamber today

The Brent Central MP mounted the protest during an education debate in the chamber today

Ms Butler was asked to withdraw her remarks - which flouted parliamentary etiquette rules - by fellow Labour MP Judith Cummins (pictured), who was presiding over the session

Ms Butler was asked to withdraw her remarks - which flouted parliamentary etiquette rules - by fellow Labour MP Judith Cummins (pictured), who was presiding over the session

Ms Butler was asked to withdraw her remarks – which flouted parliamentary etiquette rules – by fellow Labour MP Judith Cummins (pictured), who was presiding over the session

The Brent Central MP mounted the protest during a general debate before the Commons went into recess.

‘Poor people in our country have paid with their lives because the Prime Minister has spent the last 18 months misleading this House and the country over and over again,’ Ms Butler said.


During PMQ’s on July 7, Mr Johnson said: ‘Scientists are absolutely clear that we have severed the link between [Covid] infection and serious disease and death.’

Ms Butler highlighted the disputed claim made by the Prime Minister, saying: ‘Not only is this not true Madam Deputy Speaker but it is dangerous, and it’s dangerous to lie in a pandemic.’

She added: ‘I am disappointed the Prime Minister has not come to the House to correct the record and correct the fact that he has lied to this House and the country over and over again.’

Ms Cummins intervened and said: ‘Order! Order! I’m sure that the member will reflect on her words she’s saying and perhaps correct the record.’ 

Ms Butler - known as 'Red Dawn' for her left-wing views - stalked out of the chamber after pulling her stunt this afternoon

Ms Butler - known as 'Red Dawn' for her left-wing views - stalked out of the chamber after pulling her stunt this afternoon

Ms Butler – known as ‘Red Dawn’ for her left-wing views – stalked out of the chamber after pulling her stunt this afternoon


Ms Butler replied: ‘What would you rather – a weakened leg or a severed leg? At the end of the day the Prime Minister has lied to this House time and time again. 

‘It’s funny that we get in trouble in this place for calling out the lie rather than the person lying.’

Ms Cummins intervened again and urged Ms Butler to ‘reflect’ on her words and withdraw them.

Ms Butler replied: ‘I’ve reflected on my words and somebody needs to tell the truth in this House that the Prime Minister has lied.’

Ms Cummins then read out a statement in which she ordered Ms Butler to ‘withdraw immediately from the House for the remainder of the day’s sitting’.

Ms Butler left her seat and exited the chamber.

Source: Daily Mail


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