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Labour Slams UK PM for 'Sexist' Comment

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TEHRAN, April 29 (ICANA) –British Prime Minister David Cameron has sparked a sexism row at the parliament at PM Questions Times by telling a woman shadow Cabinet minister to "calm down, dear."
Friday, April 29, 2011 12:48:11 PM
Labour Slams UK PM for 'Sexist' Comment

The Prime Minister's jibe was directed at shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle as she heckled him in the Commons, British media reported.

Labour Party was swift to denounce the comment, branding it as "patronizing, sexist, insulting and un-prime ministerial."

"I think you will find it (the comment) is a popular advert. I think you are maybe over-analyzing a humorous remark," said an aide to the Prime Minister.

“Calm down, dear” is the theme of the famous car insurance advert starring Michael Winner.

Cameron's comment came at Prime Minister's Questions as he defended the government's plans to reform the NHS, which he said were even backed by former Labour MP Howard Stoate, a practicing GP.

Eagle, seated on the Labour front benches, loudly retorted that Stoate had stood down at last year's election, rather than being defeated as Cameron claimed.

"Calm down, dear, calm down. Calm down and listen to the doctor," the Prime Minister told the Wallasey MP.

As the Labour benches erupted in outrage, shadow chancellor Ed Balls angrily pointed to Ms Eagle and his wife Yvette Cooper, apparently demanding to know who the Prime Minister had been referring to, while party leader Ed Miliband appeared to call for an apology.

But, the Prime Minister told them, "I said calm down, calm down dear. I'll say it to you if you like... I'm not going to apologize. You do need to calm down."

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