Boris Johnson has brushed aside party rivalries to condemn the “deplorable misogyny” in a newspaper article about Labor Party’s Angela Rayner.
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The Post on Sunday reported that unnamed Tory MPs had “implicitly hinted” that the opposition party’s deputy leader would “like to distract” the Prime Minister when he addressed the House of Commons by crossing and uncrossing her legs. The newspaper described the alleged ruse as “a fully clothed parliamentary equivalent of Sharon Stone’s infamous scene in the 1992 film primal instinct“.
One Conservative MP reportedly said: “She knows she can’t match Boris’s Oxford Union debating training but she has other skills that he lacks.”
The PM was quick to distance himself from the allegations, which sparked anger across the political spectrum. Johnson tweeted: “As much as I disagree with that Angela Rayner In almost all political issues, I respect her as a member of parliament and regret the misogyny that is anonymously directed at her today.”
This was announced by a source from Downing Street BBC that the Tory leader had privately texted Rayner to reiterate those sentiments.
Rayner previously lashed out at his party over the allegations. in one Twitter In a post condemning the Sunday paper’s “gut journalism,” she wrote that Johnson’s “cheerleaders spread desperate, perverted graffiti in their doomed attempts to save his skin.”
labor leader Keir Starmer said that “the sexism and misogyny peddled by the Tories is a shameful new low for a party mired in scandal and chaos”.
Tory MP Caroline Nokes joined Johnson in condemning the article she described LBC Radio as a “dirty little story”.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the argument was “a reminder of the deep misogyny that women face every day.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/politics/956528/boris-johnson-backs-angela-rayner-over-deplorable-basic-instinct-slur Boris Johnson backs Angela Rayner over ‘regrettable’ insult to Basic Instinct