Almost every lip reader consulted by politicians and journalists this afternoon agrees that Jeremy Corbyn called Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’ under his breath at PMQs.
The Labour leader’s comments sparked a huge row in the Commons with Tory MPs demanding Mr Corbyn return to Parliament to apologise.
One expert quoted agrees with Mr Corbyn’s version – that he said ‘stupid people’ to the Tory benches in general rather than ‘stupid woman’ to Mrs May.
But that opinion was outvoted by the lipreaders who said – judging by the shape of his mouth – they thought Mr Corbyn said ‘woman’
His denial has sparked further outrage, including by the Daily Mail’s US Editor at large Piers Morgan, who has asked why anyone should trust a further word out of the Labour leader’s mouth if he is happy to deny something ‘we can all see he did’
Mr Corbyn, seated during PMQs, can be seen on camera muttering a response to Theresa May which looks like ‘stupid woman’. The Labour leader says he says ‘stupid people’ in reference to Tory MPs
World famous deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who told a BBC radio producer she was ‘very certain’ Mr Corbyn said ‘stupid woman’, has been quoted by multiple news outlets
Lip reading experts consulted by the Daily Mail reviewed the footage frame by frame to conclude Mr Corbyn’s mouth movements clearly spelled out W-O-M-A-N, not ‘people’
Her comments came via Tim Johns, who produces the Jeremy Vine show on BBC radio, and who tweeted: ‘I just showed Evelyn Glennie, the famous percussionist, the footage of Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons. She’s deaf and can lip read. She wasn’t aware of the story and her interpretation of what he said was “stupid woman”. She says she’s very certain.’
Sky News reports the consensus of a ‘team’ of lip readers contradicted Labour’s denials, and that Mr Corbyn did indeed call the PM a ‘stupid woman’. Sky says its experts, including former expert witness forensic lip reader Tina Lannin, have concluded the mouth shape for ‘wo’ for woman is unmistakeable.
Speaker John Bercow said he had consulted ‘lip speakers’ who believed the word was ‘woman’, but he added he himself accepted the Labour leader’s denial.
West Wing actor Rob Lowe, who is deaf in one ear, also waded into the row, tweeting he had seen Mr Cobryn ‘say it with his own eyes’.
For the defence:
Forensic lip-reader Jessica Rees told the Mirror: ‘It’s very clear if you lipread him he’s saying “stupid people”.’
Speaker Bercow, who has insisted he did not see the incident and has promised to review the footage, found himself in hot water when Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom pointed out he was accused of having said the same thing to her.
Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom raised a point of order to refer to an incident earlier this year where Mr Bercow was accused of calling her a ‘stupid woman’
She raised a point of order to refer to an incident earlier this year where Mr Bercow was accused of calling her a ‘stupid woman’.
She said: ‘If individuals who are found to have made unwelcome remarks should apologise, why it is that when an opposition member found that you had called me a ‘stupid woman’, you did not apologise in this chamber?’
After repeated jeers and banging from Tory MPs, Mr Bercow said the matter had been ‘treated of’ previously.
After My Corbyn returned to the House of Commons to insist he did not say ‘stupid woman’, but rather, ‘stupid people’, some on Twitter exploded in outrage including journalist Piers Morgan.
He called the Labour leader’s denials a ‘flagrant lie’ and said Mr Corbyn was ‘digging himself an even deeper hole’ by claiming he said ‘stupid people’.
In a string of Tweets this afternoon, Daily Mail US editor at large Piers Morgan rounded on the Labour leader for what he insisted was an outright lie