Tory frontbencher Geoffrey Cox made a domestic violence 'joke' and no one is laughing

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Thursday 26 September 2019 13:45
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The Attorney General has been forced to apologise after making a wildly insensitive "joke" about domestic violence.

During a debate about the Supreme Court ruling on the prorogation of parliament, Geoffrey Cox was asked when he first became aware that the reasons for prorogation offered by the prime minister were false.

He responded:

That if I may say so is what we used to call in advocacy terms, a 'when did you stop beating your wife' question.

Cox can be seen smirking, with a few laughs heard in the background.

He goes on to explain his point - that he doesn't accept the premise of the question - but Labour MP Emma Hardy told Cox to "moderate his language" and not make a "joke" of domestic violence.

Despite his apology, people are not impressed.

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