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Hague Says `Stupid Woman' Jibe Not Meant to Offend

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July 10 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said he didn’t intend any offense when he twice called an opposition lawmaker a “stupid woman” during prime minister’s questions in Parliament.

Cathy Jamieson, a Labour party lawmaker, asked Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons today if donations to his Conservative Party by Tullow Oil Plc Chief Executive Officer Aidan Heavey had influenced Hague’s intervention in a tax dispute involving the company.

Cameron responded with an attack on the Labour Party’s links to unions. While he was doing so, Hague, who was sitting next to the prime minister, could be seen on television twice saying the words “stupid woman” at Jamieson.

Labour lawmaker Fiona O’Donnell later raised a point of order in the Commons after Hague had made a statement on the Middle East, and the foreign secretary said he hadn’t intended to offend.

“I mutter many things in the house, I mutter many things under my breath,” Hague said. “I never intend any offence to any other honorable member.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Penny in London at tpenny@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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