‘No wonder Her Majesty opted to work from home’: Labour MP jokes about Queen’s absence from State Opening of Parliament
- Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing since 2015, cracked the joke on Twitter on Tuesday
- She said it was ‘no surprise’ Queen ‘worked from home’ given her ‘thin speech’
- Monarch missed ceremony, which sets out govt’s plan, for first time since 1963
A Labour MP yesterday joked about the frail Queen’s absence from the State Opening of Parliament.
Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing since 2015, posted on Twitter: ‘With such a thin Queen’s Speech, no wonder Her Majesty opted to work from home today.’
The Queen is said to have ‘episodic mobility problems’.
She missed the ceremony, which sets out the Government’s plans, for the first time since 1963.
Miss Huq is the elder sister of former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.
The Queen’s Speech set out plans for 38 bills, but has been criticised for not doing enough to address the cost of living crisis.
Rupa Huq (pictured), the MP for Ealing since 2015, posted on Twitter: ‘With such a thin Queen’s Speech, no wonder Her Majesty opted to work from home today.’
Miss Huq’s comments come after she joined forces with former health secretary Matt Hancock to tackle online hatred of politicians last year following the murder of MP for Southend David Amess – urging politicians to ‘treat each other with respect.’
In a co-authored column in The Times, Tory Mr Hancock and Miss Huq said the killing of the veteran MP had ‘shocked parliament to its core’, and that they had also been ‘disgusted’ to see MP Michael Gove harassed in public only days later.
The pair said democracy ‘cannot survive a continuing coarsening of public debate’ and called on social media companies – ‘the creators of algorithms that feed people content that only reinforces what they already think’ – to bear responsibility.
The pair said female politicians, particularly from ethnic minority backgrounds, received the worst online abuse but white men were not immune, citing one social media post calling for Mr Hancock to be executed live on BBC One.
Miss Huq’s comments come after she joined forces with former health secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) to tackle online hatred of politicians last year following the murder of MP for Southend David Amess
The murder of MP Jo Cox, they wrote, had been followed only weeks later by ‘unprecedented vitriol’ surrounding the EU referendum.
‘This time we must make permanent changes to tackle the problem and set public debate on a better path,’ they said.
Saying politicians also needed to treat each other with respect, Mr Hancock and Ms Huq said threats could no longer be ignored and that a permanent campaign was needed ‘because ”keep calm and carry on” is no longer an option’.