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20 October 2017, 17:06
A former shadow minister has come under fire after footage emerged online of him telling an audience member at an event in Brighton to “get on your knees, b****”.
Clive Lewis has apologised for his “offensive and unacceptable” language which was caught on camera at Momentum’s annual conference closing party last month.
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
Labour’s Harriet Harman described his use of language as “inexplicable” and “inexcusable”.
She was among a number of female politicians who criticised the MP for Norwich South after the video made headlines on Friday.
Fellow Labour MP Jess Phillips said: "Just seen the Clive Lewis video. Obviously I am appalled, just listened to seven teenage girls speak up about gender inequality. Perhaps I'll bring them to work on Monday."
It's understood he was addressing a male audience member at the time, with some dismissing the video as political "opportunism".
However, Mr Lewis has since issued an apology on Twitter.
He wrote: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”
Context: Clive Lewis said it in jest to a male audience member while surrounded by women who didn't even bat an eyelid. Pure opportunism.— Jake Johnstone (@hijakejohnstone) October 20, 2017
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