Dominic Raab has been spotted calling Sir Keir Starmer a “w***er” under his breath while the Labour leader delivered a speech during Prime Minister’s Questions. Britons flooded Twitter after the camera cut to the justice minister sitting next to Rishi Sunak appearing to mouth the insult with a broad smile across his face. Users questioned how “acceptable” it was to use such language, even if it was under his breath, while others expressed shock at the bluntness of the comment. His apparent insult came as Sir Keir claimed the Conservative Party was “too weak to stand up for working people”.
Commenting on the incident, @Sparry951 said: “Anybody else just spot Dominic Raab mouthing “w***er” at Keir Starmer during #PMQs.”
@guytrengove also commented: “Did Dominic Raab just call Starmer a ‘w***er’? #PMQs”
Another user said: “In today’s #PMQs, when the Leader of the Opposition was saying ‘too weak to stand up for working people’ Dominic Raab appeared to say, or mouth, a word at Keir Starmer.
“That word looked very much like ‘wanker’. Did DR mouth or say ‘wanker’, and if so, is this acceptable?”
Preceding Mr Raab’s supposed insult, Sir Keir said: “Mr Speaker, it is a pattern with this Prime Minister. Too weak to sack the security threat sat around the Cabinet table.
“Too weak to take part in a leadership contest after he lost the first one. Too weak to stand up for working people.”
It was at that point that the camera cut to Mr Sunak, with Mr Raab on his right and home secretary Suella Braverman on his left, with the deputy PM mouthing the word “w***er”.
Sir Keir added: “He spent weeks flirting with the climate change deniers in his party then scuttled off to Cop at the last minute. In the budget next week, he will be too weak to end his oil and gas giveaway, scrap the non-dom tax breaks and end the farce of taxpayers subsidising private schools.
“Mr Speaker, if he cannot even stand up to a cartoon bully with a pet spider, if he is too scared to face the public in an election, what chance has he got of running the country?”
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