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Butler channels Stormzy telling Parliament to ‘chuck Boris’

Shadow women and equalities secretary made the comments while taking the government to task over its race disparity audit and gender pay gap regulations

BORIS JOHNSON was labelled a “casual racist and a misogynist” yesterday by Labour’s Dawn Butler before she adapted Stormzy’s lyrics, telling the Commons to “chuck Boris.”

Shadow women and equalities secretary Ms Butler raised questions about the impact of the race disparity audit and gender pay gap regulations implemented by Theresa May, noting they are “symbolic of her failures.”

Ms Butler said: “We now have a real possibility of a casual racist and a misogynist entering Number 10. I’m afraid it’s true.”

As heckling emerged from the Conservative benches, Speaker John Bercow said: “Let me be absolutely clear, nothing disorderly has occurred — people have free speech within the rules of the House.

“I will adjudicate the enforcement of those rules. Nothing disorderly has taken place.”

Ms Butler went on: “I could go through the list of things that have been said, but we just haven’t got time.”

She sought assurances that the women and equalities agenda will “not go backwards” under the next prime minister, adding: “To adapt Stormzy lyrics: ‘we have to be honest, rule number two, don’t make the promise, if you can’t make the deal just be honest, equalities will never die, it’s like Chuck Norris, rather chuck this government and chuck Boris’.”

The actual lyrics from Stormzy’s Vossi Bop include “f*** the government and f*** Boris,” which could have been considered unparliamentary language.

Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt defended PM May’s policies, saying she can be proud of what she did in terms of the race disparity unit and other issues.


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