An SNP MP has hit back at Tory critics after she was loudly heckled and shouted down in the House of Commons whilst attempting to ask the Prime Minister to apologise for introducing the policies that led to the Windrush scandal.
Joanna Cherry began her question by pointing out that the Windrush scandal was a direct result of Theresa May’s own policies. However as she sought to invite the Prime Minister to apologise for those policies, she was drowned out by a cacophony of noise from the Tory benches.
Reacting to the attempt to shout her down, the SNP MP later tweeted: “No matter how hard the Tories shout me down I will reiterate that
#windrush is the result of Theresa May’s toxic immigration policies & continue to demand an apology for those policies.”
However Ms Cherry was then involved in an online spat with Daily Record reporter Torcuil Crichton after he claimed the MP had lost her cool.
The Daily Record journalist tweeted: “Never lose your cool – @joannaccherry let’s her frustration show and is barracked out of her question demanding (another) PM apology on Windrush.”
The SNP MP hit back: “I’m used to Daily Record misrepresenting my position. I seem to have got under their skin which can only be a good thing.”
There was support for the SNP MP on social media with scores of people condemning the behaviour of Tory MPs.
One person said: “No other ‘profession’ in the world behaves in a such a ridiculous, contemptible and disrespectful manner – you’d be fired on the spot. Explaining to my 11yo daughter that these are the people who run our country. She thought it was a ‘special needs’ place for grown ups”
Another added: “It showed a severe lack of courtesy & professionalism which to me & most of the viewing public must have been sickened of. @Mr_speaker_uk should have spoke up & chided them as for the level of petulance being displayed, But yet again he showed his colours by staying silent.”
Last month the Prime Minister apologised for the anxiety caused to the Windrush generation and their families. She said the questions over the “unique” group’s immigration status were “no fault of their own” and she said she was determined to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
However Theresa May has failed to apologise for introducing the policies that led to the scandal. She presided over the implementation of the so-called ‘hostile environment’ strategy when Home Secretary.
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