Layla: Who’s side is the PM on, Putin or the People’s

Layla Moran had a PMQ today and she rocked it.

She paid a generous tribute to Paddy Ashdown. When I watched it live, it seemed like people were saying “shame” to her. But there’s another story to that.

The main thrust of her question to Theresa May was about it becoming clearer that people wanted a People’s Vote on Brexit while Putin wanted her to get on with Brexit and who’s side was she on.


Now, back to the heckling. 

It wasn’t Layla who was being shouted at. It was Andrew Bridgen, the Brexiteer MP for NW Leicestershire. When Layla was talking about Paddy’s views on what the Government’s irresponsible pursuit of the most extreme Brexit was doing to our place in the world, he yelled out “from the grave.” A pretty vile thing to say especially  on the eve of his funeral, that’s for sure. Layla thought so and raised a Point of Order after PMQs.

Speaker John Bercow said it shouldn’t have been said and offered Bridgen the chance to apology. He grudgingly gave one of these non-apology “Sorry if anyone was offended” type wastes of breath.

Layla recounted her feelings in a video on Twitter.


* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • David Blake 10th Jan '19 - 6:39am

    Whenever I see Bridgen, I think of Dad’s Army.

  • David Hughes 10th Jan '19 - 10:25am

    Shouldn’t this piece also report Ed Davey’s question immediately before Layla’s which also featured a tribute to Paddy, and which focused on a government defeat and concession spearheaded by Ed?

  • “a thoroughly nasty little man”

    It didn’t mention his height in the Wikipedia article. Would it be better if he was a six footer?

    He seems to have a talent for putting his foot in it and making daft remarks. But he’s also done some valuable work as well. More a pantomime villain, than a genuinely bad person, in my opinión.

  • David Becket 10th Jan '19 - 3:07pm

    I am sorry Richard and David but calling Bridgen a “nasty little man” does nothing to calm the current situation down. There are too many personal insults thrown around, and we have got to cool it down. It does not become Liberal Democrats to indluge in personal attacks.

  • David Becket 10th Jan '19 - 4:29pm

    @ David Raw
    He was totally out of order to act in the way he did, but there are too many like him in parliament and it needs to stop. The disgraceful behaviour at PMQ only encourages attacks such as those made against Anna Soubry. The Brexit situation is going to make a lot of people very cross, and we are likely to see more verbal and physical attacks. It might be an accurate description, but it was still a personal attack, and we need to be ultra careful not to fan the flames in these very dangerous times.

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