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Under fire Clive Lewis appears to duck out of event with Jeremy Corbyn in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:08 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:21 22 October 2017

Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis at the Burston School Strike Rally in 2015. Photo: Stuart Goodman

Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis at the Burston School Strike Rally in 2015. Photo: Stuart Goodman

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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis appears to have pulled out of an event with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Norwich on Saturday.

Last week, it was revealed Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell would take part in an ‘in conversation’ event with Mr Lewis as they set their sights on Tory Chloe Smith’s seat in Norwich North.

But tweets from the member-only event from Norwich Labour said Mr Corbyn and Mr McDonnell were now taking part in a question and answer session at The Space hosted by East of England MEP Alex Mayer.

It comes after Mr Lewis caused controversy yesterday when a video emerged online of him telling an audience member at a Momentum event last month to: “get on your knees, b****.”

This morning Mr Lewis was pictured at City College graduation ceremony, in Norwich.

Clive Lewis MP at the City College graduation ceremony at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Ian Burt Clive Lewis MP at the City College graduation ceremony at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Ian Burt

Minister for women and equalities Justine Greening wrote to Mr Corbyn yesterday demanding he condemned the language used by Mr Lewis.

She said: “The recent use of language by Clive Lewis MP was totally and utterly unacceptable in the world of the ‘kinder, gentler politics’ you claim to support.

“Senior women in the Labour Party have understandably condemned his words, and as leader of the Labour Party you should too.”

She also alleged a number of incidents of sexism under his leadership.

She added: “Will you now step forward and condemn the sexist language of Clive Lewis, and the unacceptable attitudes that lie behind it, and set out how you plan to tackle misogyny in the Labour Party?”

Yesterday Mr Lewis apologised for the remarks. He tweeted: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”

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