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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Thursday, 5 March 2009 at 18:23

I have just witnessed the worst, most appalling, least professional wind up speech I have ever heard delivered in the House of Commons.


The debate is International Women’s Day; the wind up speech was delivered by Vera Baird, Labour MP for Redcar. If it were up on Hansard yet I would post a link, however, it was just so bad I couldn’t wait to blog it.


She was bitter, downright nasty and partisan, not really acceptable on a day like today. Maybe it’s because Labour know they are possibly looking at defeat, however, that isn’t the way most are behaving. Some of the Labour MPs I have spoken to have accepted that they probably aren’t going to win another term and are already putting feelers out for jobs in the private sector. Most seem to be resigned; and if anything, it’s making them nicer!


Not Ms pass the lemons for a quick suck Baird! She refused to sit down when the Speaker shouted order, refused to take interventions from the dispatch box – highly unusual - insulted members and then refused to take interventions to allow them to defend themselves.


It was outrageously bad, discourteous behaviour.


International Women’s Day? A complete farce as Ms Baird demonstrated.


This Government has done nothing, absolutely nothing to make better the lot of women, either those who stay at home or those who work on unequal pay and until it does it should keep quiet on women’s issues because as Ms Baird demonstrated today, when your in a corner and you have nothing to say, all you can do is attack.

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