In the Commons, Clarkson criticised Burnham’s handling of the Tier 3 debate, whilst Rayner argued that Manchester “will not be told what our place is and we will not be bullied into taking it.”
The Deputy Speaker was forced to intervene when Clarkson made reference to Kate Green – MP for Stretford and Urmston – who called coronavirus “a good crisis that the Labour Party should exploit”.
“I know she speaks for a lot of her frontbench colleagues when she says that – you just need to see it in the support-U-turn-oppose approach that has characterised their hindsight-heavy behaviour,” said Clarkson.
Rayner can then be heard muttering “scum”, at which point Clarkson halts his speech and asks: “Excuse me, did the honourable lady just call me ‘scum’?”
Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing promptly roared into action and reprimanded Rayner.
“We will not have remarks like that – not under any circumstances, no matter how heartfelt it might be,” she told the Ashton MP.
Rayner did not deny making the remark, but has since released a statement saying: “I apologise for the language that I used in a heated debate in Parliament earlier.”
Following the exchange, Clarkson confirmed that he had written to Rayner about the incident.
“As elected representatives I believe we have a duty to lead by example – this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and achieves nothing,” he commented.
Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.