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Queen's speech debates: Henry Deedes on clash between Priti Patel and Yvette Cooper

Bling: Priti Patel Yesterday

Priti Patel is never one to waver when it comes to getting stuck in her opponents.

She’s a lot like a cage fighter in that regard.

Go low, go hard and go early tends to be his mantra.

Sweep the legs, kick them in the glockenspiels.

Then step back and see how they scream.

Such were his tactics yesterday during the second day of the week-long debate on the Queen’s Speech.

She was leading the government’s case for its law and order proposals.

The Home Secretary went to the dispatch box looking more bling-bling than Zsa Zsa Gabor after a trip on Rodeo Drive – white skirt and jacket, clumsy watch, her wrists and neck dripping with pearls .

Almost immediately, she declared the Conservatives to be the “party of law and order”.

Frowning one of those sharp eyebrows, she added: “Those on the opposite benches prefer to defend the murderers, rapists, thugs and pedophiles who have no right to be here…”

From the Labor Benches came an eruption of indignation. Carnage.

Perched across from Priti was her shadow, Yvette Cooper, whose face until then was buried in her cellphone.

Bling: Priti Patel Yesterday

Bling: Priti Patel Yesterday

Yvette Cooper attacks Priti Patel for

Yvette Cooper attacks Priti Patel for ‘astonishing refusal’ to answer questions during a debate in the House of Commons yesterday

No sooner had the word “murderers” come out of his opponent’s mouth than his head jerked up.

Mrs. Cooper was apoplectic.

She frantically grabbed the shipping box in front of her, tapping it to indicate her desperation to intervene.

“Will she give in? she stammered. “Will she give in?

Priti had none of that. “I won’t give in,” she replied, holding out an outstretched palm towards Yvette like a pillar forward giving the baton to an opponent.

She will have her chance to speak.

She then continued to irritate Yvette further by accepting everyone’s interventions.

By the way, a little flashback: the tension between this pair has been bubbling for weeks.

Yvette Cooper recently described Priti as the worst Home Secretary she has ever seen.

Priti, meanwhile, sees Yvette as one of the main torchbearers of the condescending, finger-wiggling, double-cream elite.

As the Minister of the Interior continued his speech, Yvette continued to protest to the President against her rival’s refusal to give in, shaking her head and spreading her arms in exaggerated disbelief.

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t put so much energy into his penalty calls.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle shrugged as if to say ‘his ball, his game, luv’.

Poor Yvette!

By the time she got up half an hour later, all crumpled up and wide-eyed, she looked ready to take a breather.

The tension between the pair has been bubbling for weeks

The tension between the pair has been bubbling for weeks

Never, ever in his 25 years of participating in the debates on the Queen’s Speech, had a minister refused to accept an intervention from his opponent.

“All my questions would have been really factual – maybe that’s what she was afraid of,” she hissed.

Priti rolled her eyes and stuck her pen in her file like she was stabbing a voodoo doll.

At this point, Shadow Justice Minister Steve Reed shouted something across the chamber.

It sounded like he was comparing the Home Secretary to a “blancmange” who, as Priti pointed out to him, sounded remarkably sexist.

Curiously, none of the three women sitting next to Reed on the Labor front bench seemed bothered by their colleague’s remark.

So much for the brotherhood…

I don’t remember much of Yvette’s response to Priti’s speech other than a dig she did on Boris’ lockdown indiscretions.

Tory MPs have shouted it was a bit of the Glass Houses with its own leader currently being investigated by Durham Police.

If Starmer leaves, would Yvette have a tilt at the helm?

Some think her husband, Ed Balls, would make a better leader, which is interesting because I remember he was universally hated when he was in Parliament.

Amazing what strutting under a glitter ball on TV can do to your image.

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