Voters divided on Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt’s ‘smutty’ speech

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VOTERS have been split on opinion following claims Penny Mordaunt called a parliamentary debate on poultry so she could use rude words to honour a navy dare.

The Tory MP for Portsmouth North has defended herself against the claims after she was accused by a Sunday newspaper of staging a discussion on animal welfare purely to sneak in risqué words by using phrases such as ‘cock-up’, ‘cock-a-hoop’ and ‘cockerel.’

7/11/14''Theresa May MP Home Secretary visits The News with Penny Mordaunt MP. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143059-7) PPP-140711-182403001

7/11/14''Theresa May MP Home Secretary visits The News with Penny Mordaunt MP. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143059-7) PPP-140711-182403001

On Sunday night, Ms Mordaunt admitted using the words to pay off a light-hearted fine issued by Royal Marines training officers as a punishment for not finishing her salad during meal time at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Commenting on The News’ Facebook page, voters were split on opinion about the speech.

Many people saw the funny side, including David Manners, who commented: ‘A little light hearted fun never hurt anyone and I’m sure she takes her job seriously as well as serving her country as a reservist.

Patrick Loten also leapt to her defence.

‘She has a sense of humour,’ he said. ‘Good on her. It doesn’t mean she can’t do her job.’

Susie Edmonds added: ‘Who cares? Get a sense of humour people.’

Other people were not as amused.

Steph Pine commented: ‘These people are paid (extremely well) to take care of this country. I know it’s not exactly the be-all and end-all but it’s a sign that she doesn’t take the whole thing as seriously as she should do.

Paul Norton agreed and said: ‘I think she might be ‘out of here’ due to this unfortunate inappropriate incident. Highly embarrassing.’

Joanne Trueman described the incident as ‘ridiculous,’ commenting: ‘She’s supposed to be an MP. Not the place for high jinks.’

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