By JR on Monday, July 18, 2011
MP in four-letter blast at blind man: 'Out of my way' Labour whip shouts at reporter
A Labour whip unleashed a four-letter tirade at a blind man for getting in her way during a fraught exchange in the Houses of Parliament.
Lyn Brown, the burly MP for West Ham, barged into the back of Talksport political editor Sean Dilley, and his golden retriever guide dog, as he was walking in a corridor towards Portcullis House.
Witnesses were shocked to see a clearly stressed Miss Brown bulldoze into the back of Mr Dilley before overtaking him, shouting: 'For ****'s sake, move out of my ******* way.'
Tirade: Lyn Brown MP launched a verbal attack on a blind radio reporter who got in her way at Parliament
The journalist asked her to be more careful as he did not want to crash into his guide dog, Chip. Miss Brown then sniped back: 'You are such a rude ******* man, you just walked right in front of me.'
One source said a frustrated Mr Dilley then replied: 'I'm blind, you stupid woman.' He then demanded to know Miss Brown's name, as he could not see who had bumped into him, but Miss Brown replied: 'I am not giving it to you, **** off.'
Mr Dilley threatened to ask security guards to identify her, to which Miss Brown replied: 'You just do that and see what happens.'
She was pursued by Commons security and did not stop, saying: 'You are harassing me, leave me alone.' The security guard had to call for police assistance and a report was compiled by the Commons authorities.
A witness said Miss Brown, 51, was 'clearly in a rush' but her brusque manner shocked Mr Dilley, who was born blind. The Commons source said: 'She was shockingly rude. There was no need for her to use language like that. 'Frankly I was surprised because Labour is supposed to be a party which is sympathetic to people with disabilities.'
The witness added: 'The blind man she crashed into seemed very distressed by her manner and stream of swearing. 'I heard him saying that he was blind and calling her a stupid woman but frankly had I been barged into like that I would have been using much stronger language. 'The security people were muttering that if she had spoken to them like that, they would have carted her off to the prison cell in Westminster.'
Miss Brown was hauled before her boss, chief whip Rosie Winterton, for a dressing down. The Mail understands she was made to issue an apology to Mr Dilley. A Labour source said: 'There has been a misunderstanding. Lyn has apologised. They now both consider the matter to be over.'