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MP regrets using F-word after Bay bust up with Tory over FGH
BARROW MP John Woodcock has today expressed his regret after swearing at his Morecambe Tory opposite number David Morris in a heated tangle over health.
The political blogger Guido Fawkes reported that Mr Woodcock confronted MP Morris at the top of an escalator in Portcullis House, Westminster.
It followed statements Mr Morris had made concerning maternity deaths at Furness General Hospital, which Mr Woodcock believes were 'disgraceful.'
But Mr Morris has hit back saying he has a right as an MP to represent his constituents and ask questions.
During health questions, Conservative Mr Morris mentioned Labour's Andy Burnham MP as being health secretary at the time of well-documented failings at FGH in Barrow.
But afterwards, Mr Woodcock confronted Mr Morris and reportedly challenged and swore at him in what Guido Fawkes described as 'Tory-Labour tensions boiling over'.
Today, Mr Woodcock said in a statement: “I am very angry at the way David Morris has used infant deaths at Furness General Hospital to call for Andy Burnham’s resignation despite, to my knowledge, showing no other interest in the wellbeing of grieving Barrow families who are continuing to go through a dreadful time.
"Regrettably, I did use the f-word in telling him I thought he had behaved disgracefully. The other words being attributed to me are untrue and actionable.”
Meanwhile, Mr Morris said in a statement: "This incident was very uncharacteristic of John, but he seemed under pressure. As far as I'm concerned it's my right and my duty to ensure problems at our local NHS trust are fully investigated. My electorate would expect nothing else."
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