Angela Rayner


Labour dismisses Tory claims about Angela Rayner as 'smear'

Labour has rejected a Conservative claim that deputy leader Angela Rayner told a Tory MP she crossed and uncrossed her legs in the Commons in an effort to distract Boris Johnson. The Conservative Party launched an internal inquiry after the Mail on Sunday reported the story last week. A senior...
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Angela Rayner was at a lockdown event with Starmer

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner was at an event where Sir Keir Starmer was filmed drinking a beer during lockdown last year, the party has said. It had previously denied she was at the event, but now says that statement was a "mistake" made in "good faith". Labour leader Sir...
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Angela Rayner: Brushing aside sexism doesn't make it OK

Labour's Angela Rayner says her attempt to "brush aside" misogynistic remarks does not mean she isn't hurt by them. She was responding to a new Daily Mail article, which echoed claims by the Sunday paper that the deputy leader would cross and uncross her legs in the Commons to distract Boris Johnson.

Voices: ‘Angela Rayner laughed along’ is no defence – women do this all the time, and not because it’s funny

Men don’t understand women. At least, you can’t begin to imagine they do, if recent coverage of Angela Rayner is anything to go by. First, we had that odious story in the Mail on Sunday; an eye-watering paean to sexism accompanied by an image of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. Then we had the details: an anonymous Tory MP alleging that Rayner, the deputy Labour leader, would cross and uncross her legs during PMQs to distract Boris Johnson. And finally, the denouement: the newspaper’s editor, David Dillon, refusing to meet Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle over the issue; his defence being...

Voices: Sexist comments about Angela Rayner, refusing to meet the Speaker – will right-wingers never learn?

The editor of the Mail on Sunday, David Dillon, has refused to attend a meeting with Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to discuss the paper’s decision to publish misogynistic and classist comments an unnamed MP had made about Angela Rayner.Dillon’s response, published in the Daily Mail, was defiant. He will “not take instruction from officials of the House of Commons, however august they may be” and “journalists must be free to report what they are told by MPs about conversations which take place in the House of Commons”.The pressing bit of reporting in question concerned an anonymous Tory MP alleging...

Angela Rayner rejects idea she ‘enjoys sexist slurs’ after calling Basic Instinct meme ‘mortifying’

Angela Rayner previously joked about a “mortifying” internet meme which compared her to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct in an unearthed podcast episode.Claims made a Tory MP in the Mail on Sunday that the Labour deputy leader had crossed and uncrossed her legs at PMQs to distract Boris Johnson have sparked outrage at Westminster.The Daily Mail has now pointed to a January podcast with comedian Matt Forde in which Ms Rayner discussed the fact some people had made the comparison with the Basic Instinct scene.However, Ms Rayner made clear that she deplored the “misogyny” of press scrutiny over the...

Angela Rayner: I feel I am being judged for what I wear

Labour's deputy leader says she wore trousers for a TV interview after claims she crosses her legs to distract the PM. Angela Rayner was speaking to ITV's Lorraine Kelly about a newspaper story based on what an anonymous Tory MP said about her. The Speaker has called a meeting after...

Angela Rayner smear puts Tory party ugliness on show

Whatever the origin or purpose of the vile, defamatory claims aimed at Angela Rayner, whether simply poisonous hate or repulsive distraction, it is hard to believe that these remarks emerged from a vacuum (Angela Rayner hits out at ‘sexism and misogyny’ in politics, 25 April). It is highly unlikely that Tory MPs, however rabid in their ignoble enthusiasms, would risk so much damage if they were not already accustomed to experiencing a favourable, if marginal, reception for their views.