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Labor MP Dawn Butler banned from Commons for ‘lie’

Labor MP Dawn Butler banned from House of Commons chamber for accusing Boris Johnson of ‘lying’ about Covid and ‘making poor people pay with their lives’

  • Labor MP Dawn Butler launched a diatribe against the prime minister during a debate in the House of Commons
  • The politician repeatedly labeled Boris Johnson a ‘liar’ and refused to back down
  • She was then ordered by the Deputy Vice-President to leave the room

A Labor MP was dramatically barred from the House of Commons this afternoon after he repeatedly labeled Boris Johnson a ‘liar’.

Dawn Butler was told to leave the seat after an extraordinary rant about how “poor people have paid with their lives” because the Prime Minister “misled the House”.

The former frontbencher was asked by fellow MP Judith Cummins, who chaired the session, to retract her comments – which violated parliamentary etiquette rules.

But she flatly refused to do so, insisting she’d thought about it and still felt the same. It forced the temporary vice-chairman to remove her – and she will also lose a day’s wages.

Dawn Butler was told to leave the seat after an extraordinary rant about how 'poor people paid with their lives' because of the prime minister 'misleading the House'

Dawn Butler was told to leave the seat after an extraordinary rant about how ‘poor people paid with their lives’ because of the prime minister ‘misleading the House’

Brent Central MP mounted the protest during an education debate in the chamber today

Brent Central MP mounted the protest during an education debate in the chamber today

Ms Butler was asked to retract her comments - which violated parliamentary etiquette rules - by fellow Labor MP Judith Cummins (pictured), who chaired the session

Ms Butler was asked to retract her comments – which violated parliamentary etiquette rules – by fellow Labor MP Judith Cummins (pictured), who chaired the session

The Brent Central MP mounted the protest during a general debate before the House of Commons went into recess.

“Poor people in our country have paid with their lives because the Prime Minister has misled this House and the country over and over for the past 18 months,” said Ms Butler.

She highlighted the prime minister’s disputed claims, adding: “It is dangerous to lie in a pandemic.

“I am disappointed that 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.”

Mrs. Cummins intervened and said, ‘Order! To order! I’m sure the member will think about her words she says and maybe correct the record.”

Mrs. Butler replied, ‘Which would you rather have, a weakened leg or a severed leg?

“In the end, the Prime Minister has lied to this House over and over again.

Mrs Butler - known as 'Red Dawn' for her leftist views - walked out of the room after she pulled her stunt this afternoon

Mrs Butler – known as ‘Red Dawn’ for her leftist views – walked out of the room after she pulled her stunt this afternoon

“It’s funny we get in trouble here because we’re shouting the lie instead of the person lying.”

Mrs. Cummins intervened again, urging Mrs. Butler to “think” about her words and retract them.

Mrs Butler replied: ‘I have thought about my words and someone in this House needs to tell the truth that the Prime Minister lied.’

Ms Cummins then read a statement instructing Ms Butler to “immediately withdraw from the House for the remainder of the meeting.”

Mrs. Butler left her chair and left the room.

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