By G.A.Ponsonby
A Scottish Labour MP has stunned onlookers in the House of Commons after launching an unprovoked foul mouthed tirade against a political opponent.
East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy (pictured) lost control when SNP MP Pete Wishart appeared in the voting lobby as Mr Murphy and some of his Labour colleagues took part in a vote on the Bedroom Tax.

According to Mr Wishart, the Scottish Labour MP muttered something inaudible before going berserk, shouting and swearing at the nationalist MP.

Describing the episode, Mr Wishart said: "I was just taking a note of Scots Labour MPs who were voting in the bedroom tax motion after their famous failure to turn up last time.  They didn't like it much but it was mainly banter with them as they came through the lobby. 

According to the SNP MP, Mr Murphy muttered something as he went to walk past, to which Mr Wishart responded, 'nice to speak to you Jim'.

Explaining that neither men had spoken for years, the SNP MP added: "He then went beserk coming right up to my face and just repeating 'fuck off, fuck off, fuck off' at me.

"At one point I thought he might take a swing.  He then retreated to a group of Labour MPs and I went up to ask him what that was all about?  And he did the same again.

"I was angry and shaken and just asked him to say it again, in which he duly obliged."

Newsnet Scotland understands that a number of high profile Labour MPs witnessed the episode including Gordon Banks, Russell Brown, Ian Murray, Anne Begg and Fiona O'Donnel.

Wishart added: "They just watched on amazed."

The incident will be a major embarrassment for Mr Murphy who has repeatedly claimed to have been the victim of online abuse at the hands of independence supporters.  Last December the Labour MP claimed to have been the victim of what he described as vile abuse at the hands of "cybernat trolls".

"If people want to criticise my politics, no bother.  But I'm no longer just going to go with the flow when it comes to the worst of the internet insults," Murphy wrote on his own blog.

He added: "Politicians have got to have a thick skin and rightly be open to criticism; it’s part of the job and I have absolutely no problem with any and all political criticism. […] But enough is enough now when it comes to the personal poison devoid of any politics.

"No-one should be bullied out of their opinions nor right to speak. 2014 is going to be a gigantic year for Scotland and everyone who wants to be involved in the debate should be able to. And before anyone says 'all sides in all debates do it' I'm clear that it's wrong no matter where it comes from and no matter who it's aimed at.

"And I worry that folk who aren't currently involved in politics will be scared to do so for fear of getting screamed out of the referendum debate."

The incident comes almost two years to the day after one of Mr Murphy's collegues lost control in a House of Commons bar, lashing out at opposition MPs.

Eric Joyce MP was dragged away in handcuffs after going berserk in a House of Commons bar and headbutting a fellow MP.  The Scottish Labour MP flew into a rage and hit at least three MPs, including a Labour whip.  Joyce was later convicted of assault and resigned from the Labour party.


# bringiton 2014-02-26 21:03
Well,the presumption must be that either Mr Murphy was having a bad hair day or that the attack was on a more "professional" basis.
The writing is on the wall for these people,whatever the outcome of our referendum.
The polls...the polls...the polls.
# willie boy 2014-02-26 21:07
If this is correct then Mr Murphy must be arrested and charged for threatening and abusive behaviour.

Common thugs in the street would be arrested and cautioned about this kind of behaviour and Mr Murphy should be no exception.

Honesty and a rule of law demands that such behaviour be put before a court of law else it is game on for this kind of behaviour up and down the land.

Let's see if Westminster and the rotten and corrupt metropolitan Police turn a blind eye to this.
# Ysabelle 2014-02-26 21:11
I wonder if this is a sign of tensions within Scottish Labour as the referendum approaches rather than just a one-off incident with a single MP. The problem these people have is they have alienated a lot of Scots, and the likes of Murphy depend on safe seats rather than personal popularity in their constituencies. If there is a significant uptake in voter registration in some of the very poorest areas, is this going to hit them come the next election? Because how many of the new voters or voters returning to the electoral roll will vote for the Labour party in or out of the Union? And if there is a YES vote, how fast will these Unionist MPs be able to adapt to the new situation and convince the Scottish public that they are worth voting for in the first parliamentary elections here? The gravy train may well be ending for at least some of them.
# theycantbeserious 2014-02-26 21:30
Yet another mask slips from the face of British unionism. Labour MP's fighting, literally, for their gravy train existence. I expect Pete Wishart will get an apology soon?
# Breeks 2014-02-26 21:36
Well if he wasn't drunk or off his face on something else, sounds like Murphy needs some anger management sessions with a shrink. Meantime, best keep sharp things away from him.
# Onwards 2014-02-26 21:40
Eric Joyce had some well publicized problems with alcohol, although he seems to have sorted himself out now.

This rant from Jim Murphy sounds like it comes from a different place, and I didn't really expect it from him.

It shows him up to be a bit of a hypocrite.

I suppose it must play on his conscience to know that Tory policies like the bedroom tax wouldn't be forced on an independent Scotland.
Tory governments for that matter.

And he has his personal career ambitions to consider.
# Ready to Start 2014-02-26 21:50
Murphy doesn't drink.

He is just a sanctimonious unctuous greasy pole climber since his student days when who sold out the NUS over tuition fees and was rewarded by getting a Labour nomination as an MP.

Remember these guys are going to lose their £65,000 a year gravy train when we vote for self determination in September so it will get worse.
# Arthur G 2014-02-26 22:47
Quoting Ready to Start:
Murphy doesn't drink.

He is just a sanctimonious unctuous greasy pole climber since his student days when who sold out the NUS over tuition fees and was rewarded by getting a Labour nomination as an MP.

Remember these guys are going to lose their £65,000 a year gravy train when we vote for self determination in September so it will get worse.

A brilliant analysis of Murphy's character or lack of it and his self intrested motivations.
# willie boy 2014-02-26 22:01
Ysabelle, whilst I agree with your comment that Murphy's outrageous behaviour may have been occasioned by tensions within the labour party, I do have to say that there is no place whatsoever for this type of behaviour.

Common thugs in the street would be under arrest and charged for this kind of behaviour and Murphy should be no exception.

He is supposed to be a senior Labour politician, and if reports are correct, he is nothing more than the common thugs who all too often roam our streets.

What if under threat Mr Wishart had reacted in self defence.

Would we have had an all out fight in the floor of the Commons.

That would certainly have made the World News and it still could, or maybe should, because proceedings in the House of Commons are televised.

Well let us wait and see what the Palace of Westminster does about this. Nothing I suspect.
# BRL 2014-02-26 22:02
I see the YES people are speaking with some force over on Wings - a crowd-funding appeal that was launched this morning for £35,000, less than 12 hours later was exceeding £63,000 and with one £10,000 donation and other normal paypal standing orders coming in it could be hitting up to £100K in a single day. Oh YES we're going to win this - no wonder the Labourites are getting a tad stressed.
# Leader of the Pack 2014-02-26 22:03
What is very telling is the fact that there isn't a whisper of this in the MSM. Did Newsnet get the scoop of the decade or what?
Why isn't this headlines? Can you imagine the media frenzy if any high profile SNP politician lost control like that? We'd be reading and debating the issue for weeks.
You have to come to a website to get real news suppressed news current news and censored news.
# chicmac 2014-02-26 22:08
When Mr Murphy announced he had had enough, I took that at face value and since then have not treated him the way one tends to do with politicians as part of the political 'game'.

They are supposed to be thick skinned and for the jibes to run off like water off a duck's back. To realise, that they are not personal.

But they are still human beings. And even if they give every appearance of being able to take it, that might not be the case.

I am also aware that Mr Murphy was present during the Clutha incident and wonder how that might have effected him.

His distress may be feigned, but it might not be.

I for one, am not in the business of adding to genuine distress. If the person can take it, fair enough, otherwise...

That's all I'm saying.
# doonhamer 2014-02-26 22:42
Murphy the CyberNUT strikes again.
# G. P. Walrus 2014-02-26 22:44
I agree Chicmac. Anyone can get overstressed and just lose it. Jim Murphy is a human being like any other.
# Arthur G 2014-02-26 23:04
Quoting G. P. Walrus:
I agree Chicmac. Anyone can get overstressed and just lose it. Jim Murphy is a human being like any other.

That is very magnanimous of you but having, often, experienced Murphy's oily, condescending sanctimony, l for one am disinclined to be so charitable.
# chicmac 2014-02-27 00:16
Well, that is very interesting. I do not know Murphy personally at all, so bow to your 'insider' knowledge.

I freely admit my reservations may well have been unwarranted and wrong but feel, for my own conscience's sake, that I should point out that even those with 'unfortunate' interpersonal characteristics may yet be victims of stress.

However, as I say, I bow to your superiority in assessing whether that might be the case or not in this instance.
# G. P. Walrus 2014-02-27 08:11
I don't know Murphy but he does come over as sanctimonious at times. All the more reason not to be sanctimonious in return.
# Hugo 2014-02-26 22:49
I don't approve of anyone being abused as it makes it that much more difficult to persuade them to change their views.

There is a difference between being disapproving and being abusive.
# Mad Jock McMad 2014-02-26 23:22
Murphy knows last night's train crash by Johann on STV is rapidly leaving his Scottish Labour out on an ever more rotten limb.

The scare stories are not working, just as they did not work in 2007 or in 2011 in the Scottish elections.

Anas Sawar is now as much of a joke as Jolo - so where does that leave him and his Blairites. The STUC is fence sitting as it recognises its membership is leaning towards a 'yes' vote. The Better campaign has a negligible foot print on the ground and is a year behind Yes Scotland in establishing one.

Murphy considers himself to be the real leader in Scotland and resent's Darling's 'lead role', as for Brown there is a long standing hatred between them.

Basically nothing with Better Together is working and then Cameron had to come up and make an utter idiot of himself with his 'cabinet meeting' in Aberdeen.

It has not been a good week for Mr Murphy and its only Wednesday.
# Intransigent 2014-02-26 23:38
Interesting. Murphy has always been dispassionate and composed, apparently viewing each issue as another rung on the ladder. Maybe the ladder suddenly seems shorter nowadays.
# mealer 2014-02-26 23:48
It must be very difficult for Pete Wishart,having to try to represent his constituents with an obvious bully in the work place.This kind of behaviour mustn't be condoned.If Mr Murphy can't cope with the pressure and control his temper he should get out for a while and seek some professional help.Mr Murphy is a passionate unionist,but mustn't let that passion turn into something more menacing.
# xyz 2014-02-27 00:02
The mask slips.

What an unpleasant individual. He complains about bad behaviour online but then behaves in an aggressive and abusive way to a fellow MP in the House of Commons.

He's a hypocrite.
# theycantbeserious 2014-02-27 00:59
He is also tying to stop Scotland and it's people from becoming independent and therefore putting at risk not only your future quality of life, but that of your families and their families. That I believe is unforgiveable. His behaviour is just an extension of his self serving existence...just saying!
# fittie 2014-02-27 01:31
Murphy was one of those who never voted to abolish the bedroom tax --he must be feeling sensitive about that ,thats one of the reasons he hates us cybernats exposing him
# Ready to Start 2014-02-27 07:11
Of course BBC Newsnight failed to ask Labour MP Ian Murray who was present at Murphy's outburst what he thought of the obscenity.

The Tories little helper Murray was then allowed to tell four porkies unchallenged by misquoting the RBS, The Governor of BofE Alex Salmond and falsely implied that Standard Life was based in his constituency.

Mind you the BBC could have asked him to justify his expenses claims.

The Edinburgh South Labour MP claimed a total of £181,840 in expenses,exclud ing staff costs (which includes his partner) on top of his salary, including the third highest amount in the UK for his Constituency Office at £26,593 which is crazy as since Devolution Scottish MPs have fewer responsibilitie s than English MPs.
# StanLaurelsCat 2014-02-27 07:22
Unaccepable behaviour, but, like Chicmac, I do wonder if the stress of what happened at the Clutha bar incident played a part in this. It seems out of character, as the ladder climbers always avoid this type of confrontation. Maybe we should pity him more than demonise the man, though the MSM ought to report it.
# Breeks 2014-02-27 08:29
He has damaged his own integrity by his actions, and if it is stress related, then unfortunately on the path towards higher office he has damaged his integrity in another way.

I don't expect morale is very high at Labour HQ these days, especially amongst those who have a history of disparaging remarks and outright contempt for what is fast becoming the driving force for Scottish government. Scottish MP's at Westminster who lack influence in Scotland and appear to have lost the confidence of the Scottish people well very quickly be superfluous to Westminster command. - And I mean now, before a YES result. There must be tremendous pressure on unionist MP's to stem the calls for independence because they won't have many friends down South if they can't.

Take note BBC, sell your soul and integrity for a NO vote, and you'll be living with it for a long time whatever the result.
# Claverhouse 2014-02-27 10:12
The lose of the union gravy train nears the end and there is one thing he does not have to worry about, post a Yes vote, is flipping his homes for tax gain we all save money
# galamcennalath 2014-02-27 10:28
If the recipient had been an English Tory it would have been all over the media!

Of course Murphy et al will be stressed up. Who wouldn't be under the circumstances. Their jotters are practically in the post.
# Angus 2014-02-27 10:32
Will the BBC be reporting this? Naa, too busy making up another scare story, this time involving the Standard Life. Think Murphy is still smarting after some Dundonian threw a shoe and it bounced aff his heed! Maybe it has affected his judgement and behaviour?
# Clydebuilt 2014-02-27 10:36
Quote "Newsnet Scotland understands that a number of high profile Labour MPs witnessed the episode including Gordon Banks, Russell Brown, Ian Murray, Anne Begg and Fiona O'Donnel."

So will any of them agree to be a witness if a complaint is made.
# proudscot 2014-02-27 10:41
You also have to ask what Pete Wishart was doing which provoked, or deserved, such foul-mouthed aggression from Jim Murphy. It seems he was doing nothing more than counting the number of Labour MPs voting in the lobbies.

Given the fact that over 40 of them failed to turn up the last time a vote was called on the Bedroom Tax - which debate their own party had instigated - Pete Wishart was quite entitled to carry out his count.

Also given the fact that this tirade took place outside the actual debating chamber, I wonder if "parliamentary privilege" will still apply? If not, then perhaps Pete Wishart should report this behaviour to the Parliamentary Standards officials.
# edinburgh quine 2014-02-27 15:10
His behaviour was not pleasant I agree, but hardly going "berserk". I have a problem with the MSM over egging things but, really, I expect better from Newsnet.
The problem with this kind of reporting is it becomes the story, rather than what Murphy actually did.
# iain2013 2014-02-27 16:56
I think Pete Wishart should apologise to Sincerity Jim for provoking him. Doesn't Pete realise that as a separatist Jock Nat, he has no right to address a splendid Labour Gentleman with a proudscot record of defending the most successful union in the history of the known universe? That's provocation, and poor Sincerity Jim has allegedly had to suffer a lot of that lately.
# ButeHouse 2014-02-27 18:55
The incident will be a major embarrassment for Mr Murphy.....

Why? Whose going to know about it? Not a word on the tele or in the papers so far.

So this won't concern Murphy in the least.

Can Admin tell me, do you release all of these stories to the main press offices and if not why not?

# Barbazenzero 2014-02-27 20:02
Not the MSM, perhaps, but at least it's in the public domain here and in both the Spectator and Guido's site.

See and
# Willow 2014-03-02 11:38
Shocking behavior by Jim Murphy.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont should have ordered him to make a public apology.

The Courier picked up on it he "could not be contacted for his views on the incident"

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