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During business questions in the Commons, Sultana, accused transport secretary Grant Shapps and Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg of being “dodgy”.

Sultana said: “It has been reported that the transport secretary used public money to create a departmental team that lobbied against plans to build on airfield sites, including a giga-factory at Coventry airport. Disgracefully, that would mean he used public funds to lobby against green investment and jobs coming to Coventry.

“And why? We know he is an aviation enthusiast. From a dodgy transport secretary to a dodgy leader of the house who last week tried to rewrite the rules to let his mate off the hook. This Conservative government is rotten to the core. Is the leader of the house proud of this shameful record?”

Interjecting, Commons deputy speaker Dame Eleanor Laing told her to think of a different form of words, as she did not like the word “dodgy”.

She said: “She can make clear she disagrees with what has happened. Perhaps she could put it in different words.”

Sultana said she could not think of another word that implied the same level of corruption.

Laing insisted that while “it is absolutely in order to have disagreement here”, we must “moderate our language and be careful of the adjectives that are used about a member by another”.

Sultana again said she could not think of a suitable alternative, but after a further exchange she eventually withdrew her remarks.

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