WATCH: Labour MP Neil Coyle says Tories are 'a government full of bastards'

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1st February 2017

A Labour backbencher was forced to apologise to MPs today after saying the Government was "full of bastards".

Neil Coyle was forced to apologise for his outburst by Speaker John Bercow.
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Neil Coyle's foul-mouthed outburst came during a heated House of Commons debate on Brexit.

The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark said he would defy Jeremy Corbyn to vote against the triggering of Article 50 later this evening, claiming that quitting the European Union will be bad for his constituents and the country at large.

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He said: "The former Prime Minister, John Major, referred to the likes of the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [Iain Duncan Smith] as 'bastards'.

"He could not have known that his party would become a whole government full of bastards who are absolutely causing economic damage for my constituents and for the whole country."

In a direct attack on the Labour leader's decision to impose a three-line whip ordering his MPs to vote with the Government, Mr Coyle added:

"At the risk of offending my own front bench as well as the Government front bench I say this: my members campaigned vigorously to remain in the EU and they deserve a frontbench position which is not to sign up to the Government’s position, the Government’s timetable and the Government curtailing debate. It is a disgrace."

Commons Speaker John Bercow said: "He shouldn’t have used the word he used. He tried to wrap it up in a quote but it was very unseemly and rather undignified and quite unnecessary and he shouldn’t have done it and he should apologise."

Mr Coyle said: "Whilst I share the former Prime Minister's sentiment, I apologise if it was unparliamentary language."


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