A Labour MP was ordered out of the House of Commons chamber after refusing to withdraw accusations Boris Johnson “had lied over and over again”.
Speaking during the summer adjournment debate, Dawn Butler said the Prime Minister had “lied to the House and this country” and said his dishonesty was “dangerous”.
Calling another member a liar is considered to be a breach of Parliamentary etiquette and Ms Butler was chastised by temporary deputy speaker and fellow Labour MP Judith Cummins who asked her to withdraw the comments. When the MP for Brent Central refused, she was ejected from the chamber for the remainder of the session.
Ms Butler accused Mr Johnson of lying about improving the economy, restating nurses’ bursaries, investment in the NHS and severing the link between infection and serious illness for people with Covid-19. She added:
“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.”
Intervening, Ms Cummins suggested Ms Butler would want to reflect on her words and correct the record.
Ms Butler replied:
“It’s funny that we get in trouble in this place for calling out the lie rather than the person lying.”
After another warning from the temporary deputy speaker, 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.”
Judith Cummins ordered Ms Butler to “immediately withdraw from the House for the remainder of the day’s sitting.”