Glossary items matching unparliamentary

“Unparliamentary Language”

Unparliamentary language is language that breaks the rules of politeness in the House of Commons Chamber. Part of the Speaker's role is to ensure that MPs do not use insulting or rude language and do not accuse each other of lying, being drunk or misrepresent each other's words. Words to which objection has been taken by the Speaker over the years include blackguard, coward, git, guttersnipe, hooligan, rat, swine, stoolpigeon and traitor. The Speaker will direct an MP who has used unparliamentary language to withdraw it. Refusal to withdraw a comment might lead to an MP being disciplined. MPs sometimes use considerable ingenuity to get around the rules; for example Winston Churchill famously used the phrase "terminological inexactitude" to mean "lie".


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Public Bill Committee: Judicial Review and Courts Bill: New Clause 3 - Exclusion of review of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (23 Nov 2021)

Andrew Slaughter: ...to which they can rule on political decisions, such as Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament during Brexit negotiations in 2019.” I will not go on, partly because the article contains some unparliamentary language, and in fairness to the Justice Secretary it ends with the immortal line: “A source close to Mr Raab denied that he had ever compared himself to a vindaloo curry.” The...

Walter Smith OBE: Contribution to Scottish Football (17 Nov 2021)

Nigel Huddleston: ..., it was fair to say Smith did not suffer fools gladly. It has been interesting to do some background reading on Walter, and it is probably true to say that he would occasionally have used some unparliamentary language that I am not allowed to repeat this evening, tempted though I am. As we have heard again and again, Smith was not just a great football manager, but a great man. That was...

Strengthening Standards in Public Life (17 Nov 2021)

Steven Bonnar: ...about just how blasé the Tory party is when it comes to rules, regulations and the potential for financial gain. I am not saying that the MSP, or MP, for Moray is corrupt, because that would be unparliamentary, but when we consider the circles he moves in, we perhaps have pause for thought. Madam Deputy Speaker, I am not sure how au fait you are with the goings on in Scottish football...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions (25 Oct 2021)

Michael Gove: ...to new housing and development, and then, at a national policy level, call for even more houses to be built than this Government. Were it not for the fact that the phrase “hypocrisy” would be unparliamentary, that, I am afraid, would be the best description of the multi-faceted bottom-feeding perversion of consistency that is Liberal Democrat housing and planning policy. To describe it...

Rail Service Reductions (22 Oct 2021)

Munira Wilson: ...in six to 12 months’ time. On the rationale, it beggars belief that the central argument deployed by SWR is because punctuality and service levels have increased during the pandemic. I cannot use unparliamentary language here, but it seems as though SWR has only just discovered that bears do indeed relieve themselves in the woods. Of course, fewer services mean more punctual services....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waste Water and Sewerage Capacity Crisis (5 Oct 2021)

Steve Aiken: On a point of order, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. I could not possibly call the esteemed Member for East Antrim a main sewer. That is very unparliamentary language.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business (4 Oct 2021)

Kellie Armstrong: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. Earlier today, reference was made in the House to punishment beatings. I ask for a ruling from the Speaker's Office under Standing Order 65(1)(e) on unparliamentary language. The words may well have been used inadvertently, but such language is unhelpful, as it perpetrates the myth that victims are guilty of something and that such attacks are justified.

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (30 Sep 2021)

Brian Whittle: ...suggested that we need to consider our behaviour and language. Suggesting that anyone is using the deaths of others or that we are putting lives at risk for questioning the Scottish Government is unparliamentary and goes too far. I seek your opinion on whether parliamentary protocol has been breached.

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Services (15 Sep 2021)

Stephen Kerr: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. It was not possible to intervene on Mr Dornan when he was speaking. It is surely unparliamentary behaviour to cast the charge of dishonesty upon one’s opponents in the chamber.

Definition of Islamophobia — [Mrs Sheryll Murray in the Chair] (9 Sep 2021)

Zarah Sultana: ...was a “cancer” everywhere I go, and soon, they said, “Europe will vomit you out.” A third called me a “terrorist sympathiser” and “scum of the earth”—and that is sanitising their unparliamentary language. I have discovered that to be a Muslim woman, to be outspoken and to be left-wing is to be subject to this barrage of racism and hate. It is to be treated by some as if I...

Business of the House (22 Jul 2021)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ...only a Mayor with that sort of record who would try to get rid of his scrutinisers. I note he has one rule for himself and one rule for his scrutinisers. There is a word for that, but it might be unparliamentary.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 41 (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...idea—why didn’t I think of that?” Actually, any principal or governor of an FE college would have reacted with astonishment, probably with language that might politely be described as “unparliamentary”. I am not going to claim that every one of more than 200 FE colleges in England are faultless in how they go about their business or in the quality of their teaching. They employ...

Beauty and Wellbeing Sector Workforce — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (23 Jun 2021)

Caroline Nokes: ...commitment, involving business rates and rent. For all of them, it is about risk and a cost-benefit analysis. They are brave and ballsy—as I have previously said and established, that is not unparliamentary language—women, who go out, take the risk and benefit from it, and in turn they become employers of other women. That is a model that we should absolutely be encouraging,...

Business Rates Reduction Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (26 May 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...used a lot of descriptive nouns for them without using any bad language, which I thought was quite good and I really relate to that. We could probably think of other things which would be unparliamentary and not appropriate. Nonetheless, it illustrates how we all feel. While recent business rates reductions during the pandemic were welcome, too many businesses find themselves with an...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2021)

Lord Rennard: ...are bigger threats from agents outside our borders than from someone who forgets to take their drivers’ licence (if they have one) to a polling station.” I feel that I cannot quite quote the unparliamentary language that she used to describe this proposal in her interview, but the word begins with the letter “b”. If the Government wanted elections to be fairer, they would be...

Greensill Capital (13 Apr 2021)

Emma Lewell-Buck: Five years ago this week, the former Member for Bolsover was asked to leave the Chamber for using unparliamentary language towards David Cameron regarding his personal finances. Does the Minister now agree that he was, and indeed remains, dodgy?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

Liam McArthur: ...man-and-ball effort as the goalkeeper of the Scottish Parliament team, as we defeated the MPs at Parkhead. I wish that, at that stage, he had kept his feet on the bloody ground—apologies for that unparliamentary language, Presiding Officer. I am looking forward to hearing Jenny Marra’s speech—I had rather hoped that I would have heard it before now. She has spoken with authority on...

Covid-19: Animal Welfare — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (16 Mar 2021)

James Daly: ...to local authorities, which dispose of those pets without scanning the microchips that they may have, and without trying to establish the ownership of a much-loved pet. Helena, whom—this is very unparliamentary language —I love to death, is passionate about wanting to make sure that those pets are respected and that animal welfare rights are respected, and that the owners have the...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

Humza Yousaf: ..., but because it is the opposite; it is the experience of hundreds of thousands of our fellow Scots. I apologise in advance, Presiding Officer, because some of the language that I will use will be unparliamentary, but it will illustrate the point that I want to make. As a young child, I was not aware that the colour of my skin made me different from the majority of Scots. That might seem...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Mar 2021)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...more acceptable clause. However, as the Bill stands at the moment, it is not fit for purpose. The noble Lord, Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton, seemed to suggest that it was—sorry, I was about to use unparliamentary language, and I do not think that he used unparliamentary language, so I will try to find an appropriate way of saying it. He seemed to suggest that there was something...


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