Mhairi Black told to be 'careful' after saying Tories were 'p**hed' during lockdown

The SNP MP provided alternatives such as 'intoxicated' and 'paralytic' as she insisted what she said was true.

SNP MP Mhairi Black was told off by the deputy speaker on Tuesday after swearing during a debate in the House of Commons.

The MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South accused UK Government officials of being “p**hed” during lockdown parties when she was reprimanded by Rosie Winterton.

While speaking at an opposition day debate on food inflation, Black took aim at the levels of poverty in the UK.

The SNP deputy Westminster leader described the rise of food banks as a “symbol that the welfare state is failing”.

Attacking the Conservatives, she said: “This is a dangerous government making bad decisions on top of a global pandemic but mind you we shouldn’t be surprised given they seem to have been p**hed half the time at parties in Number 10.”

Laughs were heard from SNP MPs as Black continued: “So as I said, there is an element of truth that the war in Ukraine for instance has also…”

Deputy speaker Rosie Winterton asked Mhairi Black not to use bad language in the House of Commons.

At that point she was interrupted by the deputy speaker of the House, who asked her to apologise for using the Scots swear word.

“I should just say to the honourable lady she really must not use language like that,” she said.

“Please don’t. I hope you will apologise.”

Offering alternatives, Black replied: “They were inebriated, intoxicated, they were paralytic at parties in Number 10. Is that alright?”

Winterton said Black could continue speaking but warned her to be “quite careful” with her language.

“I don’t see what I said that wasn’t true madam deputy speaker but I take it,” Black said.

According to Hansard, it’s the first time the word ‘p**hed’ has been used in House of Commons.

Some 126 UK Government and Conservative Party officials were fined by the Metropolitan Police over gatherings during Covid lockdowns.

Among them was the now-Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his predecessor Boris Johnson.

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