Labour MP’s PMQs Fact Checking Failure

Labour MP Vicky Foxcroft made ripples at PMQs by using sign language to make a point about deaf accessibility in society, specifically the lack of an interpreter in the new No. 10 live broadcast studio. After silently signing “why no interpreter in the room”, Foxcroft asked:

“And if the Prime Minister doesn’t understand, imagine how those who rely on British Sign Language feel at his press briefings?

“£2.6 million spent on the new press room, yet still no interpreter. What message does he think this sends to disabled people?”

There’s just one problem with this attack line: No. 10 does broadcast live signing for the deaf. In the two No. 10 briefings from the new studio, both were live-streamed on YouTube with sign language interpretation. The BBC also broadcast with a live-signing…

Still, brave not to do any fact-checking ahead of your big PMQs moment…

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Vicky Ford Introduces Motion To Ban Low Down Letter Boxes

Tory MP Vicky Ford has today introduced a truly seismic bill that would ban letter boxes being placed at the bottom of doors in newly built constructions. Presented as a health and safety measure, Guido suspects it is more aimed at tired canvassers…

It seems to have a lot support and is scheduled to have its second reading on Friday 8th March. Presumably the support comes from very lazy MPs…

Now that this 10 minute rule motion is over, we’re on to the smaller issue of a vote of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government…

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Dave’s No.10 Meet and Greet For Pro-EU MEPs

EU REFORM

The PM hosted a delegation of eight pro-EU Tory MEPs at Downing Street on Monday morning. Brussels colleagues were surprised to see the group led by Vicky Ford, the East of England MEP who has spent the past year flexing her Eurosceptic muscles, calling for a clampdown on migrants and British “jurisdiction over courts, employment law and human rights”. Ford apparently went full Europhile in front of Dave, heaping praise on his renegotiation strategy and claiming she was leading the pro-EU charge for the Tories in Brussels. A fellow MEP whispers:

“She has managed to upset everyone! MEPs who want to leave the EU are angry at her hypocrisy and pro-EU MEPs are furious that Vicky, who is renowned for her temperamental nature, is claiming to lead them!”

Doh!

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