Angela Rayner has stated she won’t be deterred by “vile lies” after a broadly criticised report recommended Conservative MPs consider she crosses and uncrosses her legs throughout prime minister’s questions to distract Boris Johnson.
The Mail on Sunday reported that unnamed senior Tories had “mischievously” recommended Labour’s deputy chief deploys what it known as “a fully clothed parliamentary equivalent of Sharon Stone’s infamous scene in the 1992 film Basic Instinct”.
The article quoted a Conservative MP saying: “She knows she can’t compete with Boris’s Oxford Union debating training, but she has other skills which he lacks. She has admitted as much when enjoying drinks with us on the [Commons] terrace.”
It additionally contrasted Rayner’s background, as a former care employee who left faculty at 16, with that of the Old Etonian prime minister.
In a sequence of livid tweets on Sunday morning, Rayner hit back towards the nameless briefing, saying she was a sufferer of “sexism and misogyny”.
“I stand accused of a ‘ploy’ to ‘distract’ the helpless PM – by being a woman, having legs and wearing clothes,” Rayner stated. She accused Johnson’s allies of “resorting to spreading desperate, perverted smears in their doomed attempts to save his skin”.
“He and his cheerleaders clearly have a big problem with women in public life. They should be ashamed of themselves. I won’t be letting their vile lies deter me. Their attempts to harass and intimidate me will fail,” she stated.
Johnson tweeted on Sunday: “As much as I disagree with Angela Rayner on almost every political issue I respect her as a parliamentarian and deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today.”
The Conservative celebration chair, Oliver Dowden, additionally rejected the claims, describing them as “totally ludicrous”.
“I like the Mail on Sunday and I enjoy reading it but I think it’s a totally ludicrous story that I don’t recognise,” he stated. The former chief of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom agreed, criticising the “totally unacceptable comments and reporting”.
Rayner final confronted Johnson at prime minister’s questions in January, when Keir Starmer was self-isolating with Covid. She challenged the prime minister over the price of residing disaster, pointing to his earlier relaxed stance about inflation and asking: “How did he get it so wrong?”
Rayner sparked controversy at final autumn’s Labour convention for describing the Conservatives throughout a celebration occasion as “homophobic, racist, misogynistic … scum”.
In Basic Instinct, Stone performs a violent psychopathic killer, who in a infamous scene briefly flashes her vulva whereas being interrogated by a police detective performed by Michael Douglas.