According to allegations made by a Labour MP, James Cleverly referred to Stockton-on-Tees as a “s—hole.”
Given his claimed comments on Stockton North, Alex Cunningham stated that the newly appointed Home Secretary was “clearly unfit” for duty. Cunningham made this statement after the new Home Secretary had been in his position for just over a week.
Rishi Sunak states that Mr. Cunningham asked him why a third of the children in the constituency live in poverty, and Mr. Cleverly allegedly responded, “Because it’s an s—hole.”
Eleanor Laing, who serves as the Deputy Speaker, stated that she believed the statement had not been made, and the Home Secretary has stated that the allegations are false.
Since 2010, Mr. Cunningham has held the position of County Durham representative while also serving as a shadow justice secretary. He made the following statement in the House of Commons: “During Prime Minister’s Questions today, I asked the Prime Minister why 34% of children in my constituency lived in poverty.”
“Before the Prime Minister could respond, the Home Secretary decided to give his two cents’ worth of input. I phoned his office to let him know that I intended to mention him in the sentence, but unfortunately, he has decided not to be present in the room. It was reported that he was overheard saying, “Because it’s an s—hole.”
The Member of Parliament for Stockton North stated that the claimed statement “shamed” the Home Secretary and the Government. He demanded an apology for the “appalling insult” that was made.
According to Ms. Laing, the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, “didn’t hear any remark of the kind from the chair at the time.”
She went on to say, “I understand that the words that have been alleged to have been used were not actually used.” I respect what the honorable gentleman has to say, but I believe that all of us are aware that it is really challenging to understand exactly what someone is saying in the chaotic environment that is Prime Minister’s Questions.
After Suella Braverman was fired the previous week on Monday, Mr. Cleverly was transferred to the Home Office to take her place.
Two days later, his Labour Party opponent, Yvette Cooper, accused him of using the word “bats—” in private while referring to the plan the government had for deporting people from Rwanda. Later on, he stated to the announcers, “I’m not familiar with that phrase.”
The Home Secretary “did not and would not” refer to Stockton North as a “s—hole,” according to a spokesman for Mr. Cleverly who talked with The Guardian. The spokesman also stated that Mr. Cleverly is “disappointed anyone would accuse him of doing so.”
Despite the fact that they were “frothing at the mouth” about the dispute, former Cabinet minister Simon Clarke asserted that Labour was the party that consistently “talked down” the region.