Labour MP accuses Theresa May of ‘bribery’ over Brexit
- Credit: Archant
A Labour MP was rebuked in the House of Commons for accusing the prime minister of trying to bribe MPs to vote for her Brexit plan.
Brexiteer Labour MP Dennis Skinner was rounded on by the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle for making the remarks.
The Bolsover MP said Lindsay Hoyle 'shouldn't be in the job' if he wasn't going to let him use the word to describe the alleged offers of investment for individual constituencies in return for Labour MPs voting to back Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement.
Skinner intervened during a speech by shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne in a debate on the finance settlement for local government.
He said: 'This ever-diminishing has now been subject to the prime minister offering bribes to people who are going to...'
You may also want to watch:
After the Tory front-bench protested, Hoyle stood up to interrupt Skinner, who pointed at him and said: 'This is part of the system!'
The deputy speaker said: 'Mr Skinner, just a second, we can't use bribes.'
- 1 Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fish captured after Brexit deal came into effect were 'British and happier for it'
- 2 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 3 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 4 Katie Hopkins joins UKIP in time for leadership contest
- 5 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 6 Spokesman indicates Boris Johnson has not read Brexit trade deal text
- 7 Michel Barnier tells Britain Brexit red tape is here 'for good'
- 8 What Remainers should have done differently
- 9 Britons hit with £1,700 increase on country's two most popular cars due to Brexit
- 10 Brexiteer says he'd never have voted for Brexit 'if we knew we'd lose our jobs'
But the 86-year-old, who has been an MP since 1970, continued in the same vein, saying: 'This money will come out of local government, make no mistake about it, even though it's a bribe.
'And that's why we on this bench are not going to take it, we're not going to sully the amount of money going to local authorities.'
Hoyle stepped in again to admonish Skinner, but he shouted back: 'If you don't understand then you shouldn't be in the job!'
The deputy speaker said: 'Well I'm sorry we get to that level, I did say, we can't use bribes because I don't believe members have been.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.