Among the more baffling things that happened last night was that Jacob Rees-Mogg posted this video, spoofing him lounging in parliament, onto his official Instagram account.
‘You great big girl’s blouse’ – Johnson accused of sexism for remark in debate
You may have missed this moment in parliament yesterday with everything that was going on, but at one point during Boris Johnson’s first Prime Minister’s Questions he appeared to call out to Jeremy Corbyn: “Call an election, you great big girl’s blouse.”
As my colleague Martin Belam writes, the comment was immediately seized upon on social media, with users suggesting the comment was sexist and not a fitting for the prime minister to say in parliament.
Johnson has form for previously using the phrase. In June 2017 he called Labour’s election campaign chief a “big girl’s blouse”. And in 2007, when Gordon Brown was tipped to be on the verge of calling a general election in an era before the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, he reportedly told a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Blackpool that if Brown didn’t act: “We will say he’s wimped out, we will say he’s a big girl’s blouse.”
Johnson also raised eyebrows by swearing during the course of one of his answers in PMQs, quoting shadow education secretary Angela Rayner’s description of Labour’s economic policy as “shit or bust”. Rayner described Johnson’s performance as dreadful.
How the papers covered it
Boris Johnson’s failed bid to trigger a general election next month dominates coverage today, with papers either focusing on the humiliation of his defeat, many of which say the prime minister is a “cornered” man, or on Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to back Johnson’s calls for a vote.
Lords agree to push through bill preventing no deal by end of Friday – video
Lords pledge to pass bill stopping no deal in late-night vote
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of whatever political shenanigans today is going to throw at us.
Welcome especially to any members of the House of Lords who might happen to follow this live blog and who had a late night on Wednesday.
Our honourable friends in the upper house were up debating the Benn bill until the wee hours when the deadlock finally broke and Lords voted in favour of getting the bill, which rules out a no-deal Brexit and was passed by the House of Commons earlier this week, through all stages of parliament by Friday afternoon, before parliament is suspended by Boris Johnson.
That agreement was reached around 1:30am on Thursday when peers passed a business motion that means the Benn bill will be returned to the lower house by 5pm on Friday, ruling out the prospect of attempts at a filibuster.
From there, the bill can be voted on again by MPs on Monday and presented for royal assent. Jeremy Corbyn has said he would support calls for a snap general election if the Benn bill preventing a no-deal Brexit received royal assent, so this is a significant step.
Peers are set to debate the Benn bill itself and amendments today. We’ll be bringing you news of that debate, and everything else that is going on, as it happens. As I have been throughout the week, I’ll be kicking things off before handing over to my colleagues. Please get in touch via the comments, on Twitter or via email ([email protected]).
Let’s get cracking.