The words elbow, arse, from, not and knowing come to mind. But not necessarily in that order.
12.21pm Damian Green (Ashford) (Con): On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I invite the Home Secretary to correct a factual inaccuracy in her statement. She said that I was arrested “on suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office.” I have a copy of my arrest warrant here, and the phrase “counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office” does not occur. I was not arrested for counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office. She will understand the seriousness of her mistake, and I invite her to withdraw those words immediately.
Mr. Speaker: I ask the Home Secretary to reply.
Jacqui Smith: I would certainly be prepared to take that up with the Metropolitan police—[HON. MEMBERS: “Oh!”]
Mr. Speaker: Order. Hon. Members should allow the Home Secretary to answer in the way that she wants to answer. It is not for me to tell the Home Secretary—or any other hon. Member—how she should answer. Home Secretary, have you anything to add?
Jacqui Smith: I was quoting from a public statement made by the Metropolitan police on 28 November.*
* From Hansard, 4 December