Laura Kuenssberg’s bizarre tweet about The Independent Group leaves everyone scratching their heads

Laura Kuenssberg
Emily Apple

On 19 March, the BBC‘s political editor Laura Kuenssberg took to Twitter apparently to lament the fact that two newly independent MPs had lost their places on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee:

But her tweet left people scratching their heads. Not least because, as the Labour press team tweeted:

Sorry, what?

Many people couldn’t work out what “culture” Kuenssberg was talking about:

And, as others pointed out, the culture of the committee could well be improved by not having pro-war and pro-arms trade MPs sitting on it:


In fact, rather than finding it ‘depressing’ news, many people celebrated the MPs’ removal from the committee:

One person was more direct:

And another person pointed out it was the ‘analysis’ from Kuenssberg that was depressing:

No squatters’ rights for MPs

Kuenssberg’s suggestion that the Independent Group (TIG) might “change the culture” of Westminster was bizarre in its own right – as social media users highlighted:

But as Labour’s press office highlighted, the party wasn’t acting vindictively – just following the rules for committees. Other people also called Kuenssberg out over this:

That went well then…

It was left to Another Angry Voice to sum up the general mood:

Getting rid of MPs like Gapes, who was happy to go on what Channel 4 Fact Check described as a “Saudi charm offensive”, from anything to do with foreign affairs can only be a good thing. Especially for the people of Yemen suffering what the UN has called a “humanitarian crisis”.

Also, Kuenssberg, as the BBC‘s political editor, should really know better. Because this bizarre tweet which totally ignores parliamentary rules really does seem to be a new low.

Featured image via Twitter – BBC Politics

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