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There was no ‘writhing or moaning’, explains MP

There was no ‘writhing or moaning’, explains MP

🕔10.Jun 2015

It didn’t take Jess Phillips long to make her mark at Westminster. But the new Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley may not be relishing being in the limelight.

She came to the attention of the political blogger Guido Fawkes which reports that Phillips made quite a splash when she turned up at the Sky News summer party whereit claims she proceeded to “recreate the infamous swimming pool sex scene from the steamy stripper film Showgirls”.

According to Guido, the lively Phillips had already “set pulses racing” at Westminster, which frankly isn’t that difficult to do, by announcing “it’s the first time I’ve been called a maiden” when making her debut Commons speech.

Guido continues:

Onlookers were left stunned as the honourable member for Birmingham Yardley writhed, moaned and thrashed around at the top of Westminster’s Millbank Tower.

Phillips has told Chamberlain Files that this is a load of rubbish, she did not recreate a sex scene, and that she is the victim of “basic sexism”. And to make things absolutely clear, there was no swimming pool on hand anyway. She insisted:

Well it is not true I did not act anything out. I talked about how ridiculous the scene is.

I didn’t writhe and moan either.

How could I recreate it? I did talk about it.

The truth is the headline should read ‘woman in talks about sex shocker’.

Phillips went on to explain that she was actually trying to get across at the party her view that the scene in Showgirls was “ridiculous”.

She tells Chamberlain Files that her remarks were made in a conversation where she was trying to explain how she is more a fan of Paul Verhovan, the Dutch film director, screenwriter and producer.

Explicit violent and sexual content and social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films, according to Wikipedia. He is best known in the U.S. for directing the science fiction films RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers and the erotic thriller Basic Instinct, which as everyone knows features the actress Sharon Stone uncrossing her legs to reveal that she is not wearing knickers.

Phillips added:

I am not prim and proper never have been I talk like most people and it is obviously a shock here that a woman might talk about a sex scene.

Ms Phillips won the Yardley seat at the General Election, easily overturning Liberal Democrat John Hemming’s majority. She remains a Birmingham city councillor.

Any fears that Phillips would not match up to Hemming’s lively public profile appear now to have been groundless.

In a well received maiden speech in the House of Commons Phillips told MPs about how proud she was to be a Brummie:

A Brummie accent is a rare thing in this chamber, and I look forward to changing that.

Like so many Brummies, my nan and grandad from both my mother’s and father’s sides moved from Peaky Blinders-famed inner city industrial areas in Small Heath, Ladywood and Winson Green to the estates of Yardley and Sheldon that were newly built in the ’30s and ’40s. They were proud of their new homes and raised all their children there.

My family benefited from decent council houses and good communities, and during my campaign I was proud to knock on the doors of three different houses where my parents had lived.

She spoke of her commitment to improving the country’s response to victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Having worked for years in a service that operated refuges, rape crisis, child sexual exploitation services and human trafficking services, I know that we need to do more. We need look no further than at the poor rape conviction rates to know that for very vulnerable victims our justice system is too often just another establishment that has failed to protect them.

I have no doubt that the Home Secretary is committed to ending child sexual exploitation, and it is true to say that her Department has invested in improving services for victims of sexual violence. However, as a Government, it is no good to give with one hand and take away with another. This Government’s rumoured plans to remove housing benefit from people aged under 21 will be disastrous for these vulnerable victims.

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