“The Marriage of Figaro is the story of a working-class woman who gets the better of a privileged but dim-witted villain.”
As the internet continues to recoil over the wink, allies of Mr Raab have told The Times he was in fact directing the gesture at Ian Murray MP, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Scotland, who was “braying loudly”.
\u201cWINKGATE LATEST\n\nSources close to Raab insist he was winking at Ian Murray who was \u201cbraying loudly\u201d about Angela Rayner\u2019s leadership potential.\n\nLabour sources say Raab was being \u201cweird and creepy\u201d throughout PMQs like a \u201cdirty old man\u201d and insist wink was directed at Rayner.\u201d
Mr Murray himself casted doubt on the comment, tweeting on Wednesday that “to claim he was winking at me is more than hilarious”.
\u201cThis is a hilarious deflection from Raab. He clearly winked at @AngelaRayner. tTo claim he was winking at me is more than hilarious. For the record I shouted \u201cshe was good wasn\u2019t she and you\u2019re struggling\u201d or something along those lines. They can\u2019t even get a heckle right.\u201d