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PM attacked by his own sister on TV after using ‘reprehensible’ language

Rachel Johnson has mentioned the language her brother – the prime minister – used on the despatch field within the House of Commons was “tasteless”.

Appearing on The Pledge, which is airing on Sky News tonight, Ms Johnson – a vocal critic of Boris’s stance on Brexit – mentioned he was unsuitable to recommend the easiest way to honour the reminiscence of Jo Cox was to take the UK out of the EU.

The former candidate for The Independent Group for Change was sharing her views on the adjustments in political language, after a fiery night time within the Commons when parliament resumed on Wednesday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: (L to R) Rachel Johnson, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson attend the launch of Boris Johnson's new book "The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History" at Dartmouth House on October 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Image: Rachel Johnson is the sister of Boris Johnson

Ms Johnson mentioned: “A variety of this language was initiated within the tabloids, as a result of we had [headlines] like ‘crush the saboteurs’, we had the judiciary and Remain MPs being ‘enemies of the individuals’, phrases like ‘collaborationist, betrayal’.

“My brother is using phrases like ‘give up’ and ‘capitulation’ as if the individuals standing in the way in which of the blessed will of the individuals, as outlined by the 17.four million votes in 2016, ought to be hung, drawn, quartered, tarred, and feathered.

“I believe that’s extremely reprehensible.

“I hope right now within the Commons there can be some kind of deal on all sides that this kind of factor is totally dialled down.

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“It serves no purpose.”

On Mr Johnson’s reference to Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016, she mentioned: “I believe it was significantly tasteless for many who are grieving a mom, MP and pal to say the easiest way to honour her reminiscence is to ship the factor she and her household campaigned towards – Brexit.

“It was a really tasteless means of referring to the reminiscence of a murdered MP, who was murdered by somebody who mentioned ‘Britain first’, clearly of the far-right tendency, which is being whipped up by this kind of language.”

Ms Cox’s widower mentioned he felt “sick” after Mr Johnson dismissed the fears of Labour MPs over the language used towards them in demise threats.

Labour MPs Paula Sherriff and Tracy Brabin made emotional calls for the PM to stop using "offensive" and "inflammatory" language like "surrender act".
‘Humbug’ – PM dismisses criticism of his language

In the Commons on Wednesday night, Labour MP Paula Sheriff raised Mrs Cox’s demise as she instructed Mr Johnson: “We mustn’t resort to using offensive, harmful or inflammatory language for laws that we don’t like.

“We stand right here underneath the defend of our departed pal, with many people topic to demise threats and abuse each single day.

“And let me inform the prime minister that they usually quote his phrases: give up act, betrayal, traitor.

“I for one am sick of it. We should average our language and it has to return from the prime minister first.”

Prompting a livid response from Labour MPs, Mr Johnson replied: “I’ve by no means heard such humbug in all my life.”

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After the incident, Brendan Cox tweeted: “Feel a bit sick at Jo’s identify getting used on this means. The greatest solution to honour Jo is for all of us (regardless of our views) to face up for what we imagine in, passionately and with willpower. But by no means to demonise the opposite aspect and at all times maintain onto what we’ve got in widespread.”

So far, Downing Street has refused to problem an apology.

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman mentioned: “The PM clearly made the broader level final night time that he believes we have to get the difficulty of Brexit resolved as a result of it was inflicting nervousness and ill-feeling within the nation.”

The spokesman added: “The PM may be very clear that no matter their views no MPs or anybody else in public life ought to face threats or intimidation. It’s fully unacceptable.”

Labour MP Jess Phillips shared a demise menace she had been despatched on Twitter, which included phrases mentioned by Mr Johnson.

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In the Commons on Thursday, Ms Phillips requested an pressing query concerning the language used by Mr Johnson.

She mentioned: “The use of language yesterday and over the previous few weeks such because the give up invoice, resembling invoking the battle, resembling betrayal and treachery, it has clearly been examined, and workshopped and labored up and completely designed to inflame hatred and division.

“I get it, it works, it is working.”

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She continued: “It will not be honest, it’s completely deliberate, it’s fully and totally a technique designed by someone to hurt and trigger hatred in our nation.

“When I hear of my pal Jo Cox’s homicide and the way in which that it has made me and my colleagues really feel, and really feel scared, described as humbug, I truly do not feel anger in direction of the prime minister, I really feel pity for these of you who should toe his line,” she mentioned.

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“The individuals reverse me understand how appalling it was to explain the homicide of my pal as mere humbug.

“I want to ask the prime minister to apologise and to tell him that the bravest, strongest thing to say is sorry – it will make him look good, it will not upset the people who want Brexit in this country if he acts for once like a statesman.”

Later on Thursday afternoon, it emerged that a person has been arrested at Ms Phillip’s constituency workplace after allegedly “smacking the windows” and shouting fascist.

Mr Johnson will not be showing within the House of Commons on Thursday, which Jeremy Corbyn mentioned confirmed a scarcity of respect. Kevin Foster, a junior minister, is as a substitute answering questions.

Mr Corbyn, the Labour chief, mentioned: “To dismiss concerns from honourable members about the death threats they receive, and to dismiss concerns that the language used by the prime minister is being repeated in those death threats is reprehensible.”

He additionally warned that every one sides of the House had a duty “not to descend into personal abuse”.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson reveals she has reported to the police a threat against her child.
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Ms Johnson’s criticism comes simply weeks after the prime minister’s brother Jo give up the cupboard over the PM’s strategy to a no=deal Brexit.

At the start of this month, Jo Johnson mentioned: “In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension.”

Watch The Pledge tonight on Sky News at 9pm or by way of Sky’s Catch Up service, or the Sky News app on Sky Q.

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