PHILIP Hammond was at the centre of a fresh sexism storm last night after being seen mouthing “stupid woman” at a female Tory MP in the Commons.
The Chancellor aimed the derogatory barb at Andrea Jenkyns after she criticised Theresa May’s Brexit plans during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
She asked the PM: “At what point was it decided Brexit meant Remain?”
Professional lip readers confirmed that Mr Hammond mouthed “stupid woman” as he sat next to Mrs May on the frontbench. Last night Mr Hammond’s aides refused to deny that he made the sexist remark.
Ms Jenkyns brushed aside the remark was “part of the cut and thrust of politics”. But chief Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg blasted: “I cannot believe that the Chancellor would say something so rude – not only to Andrea but effectively to all Brexit voters.”
Speaker John Bercow also landed himself in trouble for using the exact same words under his breath earlier this year.
He described Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom as a “stupid woman” in a Commons clash earlier this year.
It’s not the first time Mr Hammond has been accused of sexism. Last year he was rebuked after telling female Labour MP Mary Creagh not to be “hysterical”.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “What is it of men of a certain age and women called Andrea?”