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.
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.
Geoffrey Cox today made a joke that involved domestic abuse. When he was called out he gave a lame explanation and… https://t.co/ejSfkpgzMi
— Ross Clark 🏴🇪🇺 (@Ross Clark 🏴🇪🇺)
Meanwhile the likes of @jessphillips and others cross-party are pushing hard to get the Domestic Abuse Bill through… https://t.co/i3QHiOMa2w
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@Hannah Jane Parkinson)
@AdamAfriyie @Conservatives Did you laugh at Geoffrey Cox’s joke about wife beating ? There are many women who suff… https://t.co/lXhhsfxRtc
— Alan , still European 🙏#FBPE (@Alan , still European 🙏#FBPE)