Speaker de­nies ‘bray­ing’ slur

Western Daily Press - - News -

DUR­ING a crit­i­cal Par­lia­men­tary de­bate on Brexit it might have been thought MPs and the speaker of the house may have had enough to oc­cupy them.

But one West politi­cian and Speaker John Ber­cow took the time to set­tle a score with Chel­tenham MP Alex Chalk’s lo­cal news­pa­per’s web­site.

Mr Chalk com­plained that Glouces­ter­shire Live had re­ported an ear­lier tick­ing-off of his from Mr Ber­cow for heck­ling as ‘bray­ing’.

Mr Ber­cow replied: “In all my ex­pe­ri­ence of the hon­ourable gen­tle­man, which is now quite con­sid­er­able, I think I can say au­thor­i­ta­tively that the hon­ourable gen­tle­man and ‘bray­ing’ are com­plete strangers.

“His be­hav­iour is or­di­nar­ily not in any way un­seemly so he can tell his lo­cal news­pa­per to put that in their pipe if they still have one and smoke it.”

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