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Jeremy Corbyn May Or May Not Have Called Theresa A 'Stupid Woman'

British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a "stupid woman" during question time.

Corbyn was asked to make an apology after allegedly mouthing the words, but he denied that's what he said.

In fact, Corbyn said he is "opposed to the use of sexist and misogynist language in any form" and claimed he said "stupid people".

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said he did not see the incident take place. Regardless, Conversation MPs were quick to poke holes in Corbyn's explanation and repeatedly called for him to apologise to May.

Jeremy Corbyn during question time. Image: Reuters.

Corbyn resisted.

"During prime minister's question time today, I referred to those who I believe were seeking to turn a debate about the national crisis facing our country into a pantomime as 'stupid people'," he said.

"Mr Speaker I did not use the words 'stupid woman' about the prime minister or anyone else."

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The speaker then reviewed the footage of Corbyn's apparent mouthing and said he could see why the Conservatives thought he said "stupid woman" even though the words were not picked up by any microphones.

Speaker John Bercow sought the advice of a 'lip speaker'. Image: Getty Images.

Bercow also sought the advice of a 'lip speaker' -- people who are employed to interpret the lip movements of people in court rooms and other places where an ordinary lip reader can't get close enough to the people in question.

The results of that consultation, however, were inconclusive.

"Nobody can be 100 percent certain, that includes professional lip readers. But I will naturally take, and would be expected to take, the word of any right honourable or honourable member," Bercow said.

"It's reasonable to expect the House to do the same."

Featured Image: Reuters/CBS News. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au