Corbyn apologises for MP who told man to ‘get on your knees, b*tch’

Corbyn apologises for MP who told man to 'get on your knees, b*tch'
Clive Lewis told the man to ‘get on your knees, bitch’ (Picture: Getty Images)

The Labour MP who told a man to ‘get on your knees, bitch’ at a Momentum event has apparently personally apologised to leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Footage of the incident prompted Labour colleagues to call out Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, and Corbyn for failing to act straight away.

The comment was made at a conference event in Brighton last month, but the footage has only just been released.

But on a visitor to Norwich, Corbyn told BBC Look East: ‘Completely wrong, [he] should never have said it – completely unacceptable comments.’

He added: ‘He’s been in touch with me to apologise personally to me, and it’s a message to everybody: this kind of language is not acceptable in any circumstances at any time.’

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Asked if the remarks pointed towards misogyny within the party, Corbyn said: ‘It points to a bad remark he had made in particular circumstances.

‘I’m leading a party which has more women MPs than all the others put together, and we have more all-women shortlists for selections coming up.’

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According to The Independent, Lewis was addressing actor Sam Swann – who told the paper the incident was ‘clearly jovial’.

But the video drew criticism in Labour ranks, particularly from the party’s high-profile women.

Just seen the Clive Lewis video. Obviously I am appalled, just listened to 7 teenage girls speak up about gender inequality. Perhaps I'll bring them to work on monday

— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) October 20, 2017

Lewis issued an apology on Twitter shortly after the video came out, saying his comments were ‘offensive and unacceptable’.

I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.

— Clive Lewis (@labourlewis) October 20, 2017

To all my friends,colleagues, constituents,?comrades & passers-by, thankyou so much for your kind words and support.Much love & gratitude xx

— Clive Lewis (@labourlewis) October 20, 2017

The event was hosted by Novara Media on the last night of Momentum-backed festival The World Transformed.

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Novara’s Ash Sarkar, who compered the event, said she called for a volunteer to keep score in a game show section, and then asked him to kneel down so the cameras had a clear view of the stage.

‘He made a little face, and then Clive jokingly said “On your knees, bitch” to him,’ she said. ‘The joke was delivered in the spirit of campy humour.’

Lewis, who has been previously been spoken of as a future Labour leader, quit the frontbench earlier this year when he rebelled against Mr Corbyn and voted against triggering Brexit negotiations.

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