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:
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.
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