Latest updates: Dawn Butler ordered to leave the House of Commons after refusing to withdraw claims Boris Johnson ‘lied to the country’

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This House of Commons library document includes a list of other occasions when MPs have been ordered to leave the chamber for disorderly conduct, or for saying something unacceptable about another MP, since 1992. The former Labour MP Dennis Skinner features on the list four times, once for calling a minister a “little squirt”.

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The Press Association has filed a longer account of what happened when Labour’s Dawn Butler was ordered to leave the Commons chamber for calling Boris Johnson a liar.

Butler highlighted questionable claims by Johnson, including his recent assertion that the link between Covid cases and deaths had been “severed”, rather than just severely weakened. She went on:

It’s dangerous to lie in a pandemic.

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 the House and the country over and over again.

Order! Order! I’m sure that the member will reflect on her words she’s saying and perhaps correct the record.

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.

I’ve reflected on my words and somebody needs to tell the truth in this house that the prime minister has lied.

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The Guardian


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