Tory MP Calls Labour’s Most Senior Woman To “Grow Up” While She Talked About Women’s Rights
The Prime Minister’s chiefs have slapped down her Tory stand-in at PMQs for telling Labour's Emily Thornberry to "grow up".

Theresa May’s deputy, David Lidington’s comment came after ‘boorish and stupid’ Tory MPs were rebuked by the Commons Speaker for shouting down Labour’s most senior woman while she talked about women’s rights.

Thornberry had branded the Tories a “Coalition of Cavemen” for refusing to give 16-year-olds the vote – comparing the battle to the one women fought for representation 100 years ago.

Lidington, mocked her by saying she should “wean herself off the habit of watching old versions of The Flintstones”.

He told MPs: “The situation we have here with the national voting age at 18 is one that is followed by 26 of the 27 other members of the European Union, by the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

“Unless she’s going to denounce all of those countries as somehow inadequate to her own particular standards, then quite honestly I wish she ought to grow up and try and treat this subject with a greater degree of seriousness.”

Asked if Theresa May used have used the phrase “grow up”, a senior Downing Street source said after Prime Minister’s Questions: “I think she wouldn’t use that language.”

“She would however agree with him that 18 is the right age at which people should be allowed to vote.”

But the source repeated: “She wouldn’t have used that language”.

Standing in for Jeremy Corbyn while the Prime Minister visits China, Thornberry appeared with an all-female group of Labour MPs as she marked 100 years since some women got the vote.

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She told May’s deputy and stand-in David Lidington that his refusal to give 16-year-olds the vote was like that battle again.

She fumed: “Every single political party in this House supports it except of course the Conservative Party and the DUP.

“Once again, joined in opposition to change, they’re not the coalition of chaos – they’re the coalition of cavemen!”

MPs were in uproar but Commons Speaker John Bercow allowed the comment – saying it was simply a matter of taste.

“I am the only Emily elected since 1918 and he is one of 155 Davids,” Thornberry pointed out.

Elsewhere in the debate Bercow rebuked Tory hecklers.

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