UK energy minister in sexism row with speaker of house Bercow

+ADw-p+AD4-Commons Speaker John Bercow was at the centre of fresh controversy after a minister said MPs branded his behaviour towards her as +IBw-sexist and demeaning+IB0.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Energy Minister Claire Perry has written to the Speaker regarding a clash in the Commons, as she insisted +IBw-verbal violence+IB0 against women was unacceptable.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Ms Perry said she took the action because the Speaker should not give the impression he has a +IBw-women problem+IB0.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The minister said Mr Bercow had been +IBw-quite irascible+IB0 when telling her to give shorter answers to questions from MPs in Parliament on Tuesday.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Ms Perry told BBC2+IBk-s Daily Politics: +IBw-He does that quite a lot, often with women on the Government benches.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-He+IBk-s, obviously, called the Leader of the House of Commons a stupid woman.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-About a dozen colleagues from all sides of the House, men and women, approached me afterwards to say his behaviour was sexist and demeaning.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-And, I felt, that as the principle officer of our precious House of Commons, in any way, to give the impression, even if it+IBk-s not true, that he+IBk-s got a women problem in a time when attacks on women, when verbal violence towards women, is completely unacceptable, is wrong.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-And I have asked him to consider his behaviour.+IB0APA-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The minister said Mr Bercow had a history of demeaning women MPs.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-I think the way that he speaks, particularly to female MPs, particularly on the Government benches, is demeaning.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-The tone and the language he used, referring to me +IBg-dilating on the front benches+IBk was quite extraordinary.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-I had one colleague from another party, whose daughter has just suffered a still birth, who said she was absolutely horrified that he used that language.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-When we see sexist and bullying behaviour, whether it+IBk-s from movie stars, or leaders of the House, or whatever it is, we have to stand up and call it out, and that+IBk-s what I+IBk-m doing today.+IB0APA-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The intervention comes after allegations Mr Bercow made a foul-mouthed attack on Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom by calling her a +IBw-stupid woman+IB0 and +IBw-f+ACoAKgAqACoAKgAq useless+IB0.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Mr Bercow admitted using the word +IBw-stupid+IB0 amid frustration at the Government when it forced a debate on the Grenfell tragedy to be cut short.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-But he offered no apology and insisted he would +IBw-continue to speak out firmly+IB0 for the interests of the Commons.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The incident in May came on the day an inquiry into allegations Mr Bercow bullied two former private secretaries, Angus Sinclair and Kate Emms, was blocked by MPs.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The Commons Standards Committee voted three-two against allowing Parliament+IBk-s watchdog to investigate the allegations, which he has consistently denied.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Commons Serjeant-at-Arms Kamal El-Hajji has said Mr Bercow is the victim of a +IBw-witch-hunt+IB0 by disgruntled former staff seeking to discredit him.+ADw-/p+AD4

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