Labour MP, Elizabeth Warren refused to withdraw the word “dodgy”, three times in today’s Commons. This was because she said that no other word would suffice the corruption level and the Government.

Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as well as Jacob Rees Mogg, Commons leader, of being ‘dodgy.

Ms Sultana stated: “It is reported that Transport Secretary used public funds to establish a departmental group that opposed plans to construct on airfield sites. This included a gigafactory at Coventry Airport.

During business questions in the Commons, the MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana (pictured , accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg of being 'dodgy'

Zarah Sultana, the Member for Coventry South was accused of accusing Jacob Rees Mogg, Transport Secretary, and Grant Shapps, Commons Leader, of being ‘dodgy.

He used public money to oppose green investment or jobs to Coventry.

‘And why? “And why?” We all know that he’s an aviation enthusiast. He went from a dodgy Transport Secretary, to a dodgy Leader in the House, who tried last week to change the rules so that his mate could get off the hook. 

This Conservative Government is “rotten to the core.” Does the Leader in the House feel proud about this shameful record of performance?

Interjecting, Commons Vice Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing suggested that she think of another form of the words because she disliked the word “dodgy”.

She replied, “She can be clear she doesn’t agree with what happened.” She might try to put it differently.

Confusion Madam Speaker for Madam Secretary. Ms Sultana responded: “Thank you Madam Secretary. 

“I do not believe that any other word can adequately describe the extent of corruption we’ve seen in this government, therefore I consider that suffisive.”

Eleanor, Dame of Eleanor, stated that although it was ‘absolutely possible to disagree’ here we should’moderate and be aware’ when using adjectives about another member.

Ms Sultana (pictured with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in September) refused to withdraw her use of the word 'dodgy', saying 'another word suffices the level of corruption and what we have seen from the Government'

Ms Sultana is pictured here in September, with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. She refused to stop using the term “dodgy” and said that “another name suffices the degree of corruption and the things we’ve seen from Government”.

Coventry South MP claimed that she was once more confused because she couldn’t think of another word.

Dame Eleanor stated that it was sufficient to simply remove the word “dodgy”, to answer her question. But this request went unanswered, and the Deputy Commons Secretary seemed to have lost her patience.

Her voice rose and she said “Order! Order! It is obvious that she misunderstands my words. I ask her to remove the term ‘dodgy. I gave her an opportunity to answer her question using other words. She doesn’t need to accept that chance if she doesn’t wish to.

I am not going to stop her from making whatever point she desires, asking the Leader the House what question she would like to answer and drawing the general attention to any points she feels are important. 

“I’m asking her to use moderate language when answering my question. Do you think she would like to answer her question in moderate English?

Ms Sultana withdrew her remarks but decided not again to ask her question to the Commons leader with moderate language.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps was accused on Sunday of fighting plans by his own Government to build homes on little-used airfields.

Mr Shapps, a keen pilot said to own his own £100,000 aircraft, is said to have used a lobbying body to protect airfields from development.

According to the Sunday Times, he denies claims that he “set up and diverted public funds” to fund a team in Civil Aviation Authority to lobby against plans that would infringe upon airstrips.

The Sunday Times reported that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 'set-up and diverted public money' to a new team within the Civil Aviation Authority which is designed to lobby against planning developments that infringe on airstrips

The Sunday Times reports that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps “set up and diverted public funds” to create a new Civil Aviation Authority team that is intended to lobby against any planning development that would infringe upon airstrips.

Newspaper reported that the Airfield Advisory Team objected to Homes England’s plan for 3,000 homes on Chalgrove in south Oxfordshire. They also opposed plans to create a Battery Giantfactory on Coventry.

However, Department for Transport officials stated that the team did not lobby and was instead providing support for general aviation regarding a wide range of topics that could affect their operation.

Sources within the Government stated that this body was not an advocacy body. It is an advisory body for general aviation to assist them with any planning issues or other problems.

It isn’t anti-housing at all – in fact, sometimes housing can be used to finance an airport.

“As Secretary-of-State for Transport, it’s his responsibility to safeguard general aviation. In fact we have seen an increase in the number and quality of airports throughout the country.”

A DfT spokeswoman said: ‘It is right that the Transport Secretary works to promote all aspects of the department’s brief including the general aviation sector, which contributes £4 billion to the economy and supports 40,000 jobs, especially as we focus on our recovery from the pandemic and on building a diverse workforce that’s fit for the future.’

The Sunday Times also reported that Mr Shapps’ aviation hobby had “undermined” Government efforts to repatriate Britons following the fall of Thomas Cook, the travel agent. He had also taken up valuable time while DfT was dealing with post-Brexit travel disruption and coronavirus.

However, a source claimed that claims were “utterly false and bogus”.

He is reported to own a £100,000 Piper Saratoga aircraft similar to the one above

He is reported to own a £100,000 Piper Saratoga aircraft similar to the one above

Before he was elected to Parliament, Mr Shapps holds a pilot’s license. 

He was also elected chair of the all-party parliamentary Group (APPG), Aviation in 2017. On taking on the role he said: ‘Grant Shapps said: “The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation seeks to be the strong voice in Parliament that general aviation needs to help promote jobs and growth in this country. 

“We will do this by inciting young and old people to go to the sky to create the high-tech jobs that we want. It is an honor to be elected as chair. I look forward to promoting this important sector of the economy.

Chris Grayling was the new Secretary of State of Transport.