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Corbyn in war of words over 'stupid' barb.

Byline: BEN GLAZE, NICOLA BARTLETT Political Correspondent and MIKEY SMITH Political Reporter

JEREMY Corbyn was engulfed in a sexism row last night after he was accused of calling Theresa May a "stupid woman".

The Labour leader insisted he had said "stupid people", referring to all Tory MPs rather than singling out Mrs May.

The row erupted after video of Prime Minister's Questions showed Mr Corbyn muttering under his breath. Twitter users claimed he had said "stupid woman".

When he left the chamber after PMQs, furious Tories urged Speaker John Bercow to study TV footage, offering their phones so he could view a "video replay".

Asked about sexist language as the session ended, the PM said everyone "should use appropriate language".

Mr Corbyn later returned and told MPs he had said "stupid people". He said: "Mr Speaker I did not use the words 'stupid woman' about the Prime Minister or anyone else."

After seeing the footage himself, Mr Bercow said he was obliged to take Mr Corbyn's word.

Forensic lip-reader Jessica Rees said: "It's very clear if you lip-read him he's saying 'stupid people'." But deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who can lip-read, told the BBC she was "very certain" Mr Corbyn said "stupid woman".

Mr Corbyn's spokesman said lip-reading was "open to doubt".

Hollywood star Rob Lowe, who starred in The West Wing, also weighed in, tweeting: "FYI - I have to say, I saw Jeremy Corbin [sic] call the Prime Minister a 'stupid woman' with my own eyes."

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