‘Let me hit you with it’: Labour MP offers to whip Tory MP during debate on racehorse welfare
Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, who described the British Horse Authority (BHA) as “singularly useless” at reducing the number of racehorse deaths was responding to backbench Tory MP Philip Davies’ assertion that the modern race whip doesn’t inflict pain on the animal.
Williamson then, strikingly, asked Davies if he could whip him to see how he liked it, saying: “Let me hit you with it. I think you’ll find I would be able to hurt you.” Davies insisted that wouldn’t be possible, prompting the Corbynite Labour MP to take to social media and ask for his followers’ opinions on the matter.
This Tory MP thinks horse whipping 'doesn't actually hurt'! I beg to differ... pic.twitter.com/RqnnKnty9F— Chris Williamson MP #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) October 16, 2018
I think people would pay good money to see this! Tory MP @PhilipDaviesUK claimed in a debate that race whips don't hurt. He invited MPs to whip themselves to prove his point. I suggested if I whipped him with one I'd probably make it hurt. He said I couldn't. What do you think? https://t.co/5XoDwNHp3T— Chris Williamson MP #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) October 15, 2018
Fellow Labour MP Luke Pollard who attended the debate, suggested that his colleague “might have to wait behind the Government Whips Office,” before he gets his turn on Davies. The revelation drew widespread amusement from those on Twitter with some asking if they could have a go themselves and others saying they’d pay to see it happen.
"Bet you can't hurt me with this whip, Chris." 😏 pic.twitter.com/ihkdV9ipge— alistair vowles (@Aliv182) October 16, 2018
Good money to see it indeed! How much would it cost to have a go myself?! 😉— Ms G Richards - #JC4PM #GTTO ✊🏻 (@Grombags) October 15, 2018
There's only one way to find out! Do it for charity? I pledge £1 per stroke or £5 if I can do it myself.— Daniel Twycross (@Dannyceres) October 15, 2018
I can see the Sun Headlines now! pic.twitter.com/NLeGJT1KSz— RJ Phoenix #Backto60 (@RJ_Phoenix16) October 15, 2018
He's a Tory MP Chris. He just wants to get whipped without having to pay for it (for a change:)— Crispian Wheldon (@CrispianWheldon) October 15, 2018
Davies said that despite his disagreements with the BHA, he felt they were, in the main, doing a good job on welfare and insisted they were the right body to continue that work.
100,000 signatures gained from an e‑petition, set up by animal rights group, Animal Aid, initiated the debate on equine welfare. Animal Aid claim that the number of horse fatalities amounted to “a damning indictment” of the BHA, accusing racing’s ruling body of failing to handle the problem of whip abuse.
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