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Ruth Langsford powerless as fiery mothers clash in vicious debate about smacking children

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  • Oct 20 2017 12:15About: 1 month ago
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Ruth Langsford, 57, and Eamonn, also 57, were joined in the ITV studio by Anna May Mangan and Shona Sibery, both mothers of four, to discuss the news that Scotland will make smacking children illegal.

The interview soon descended into chaos as the guests locked horns over their opposing views, as Anna insisted she would never lay discipline physically whilst Shona revealed that she was for being able to slap children as a technique.

"It's bullying," Anna exclaimed. "It's violence of a certain kind because it comes from a mother."

"It's not at all," Shona snapped. "It's discipline within the loving context of the relationship."

This Morning Ruth Langsford smacking children ITV

This Morning guests clashed in a heated debate about smacking children

This Morning Ruth Langsford smacking children ITV

Anna May Mangan called Shona Sibery a 'bully' for hitting her children

Shona revealed that she had slapped her teenage daughter when she called her a "b***h" in an argument, which appeared to frustrate Anna, who called her protests against the ban "a load of rubbish".

"Well, it's a load of rubbish to call it violence," Shona replied. "It's no more violence than putting a child in a bedroom is imprisonment.

"There are other things that are far more damaging to a child," she announced.

This Morning favourites Ruth and Eamonn struggled to get a word in edgeways as the debate raged on between the two mothers, but eventually Ruth managed to steer the conversation, admitting: "I will be honest, I have smacked Jack on a few occasions.

This Morning Ruth Langsford smacking children ITV

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes were powerless as the pair raged at each other

This Morning Ruth Langsford smacking children ITV

Shona insisted she was a 'boss' not a 'bully' for her parenting techniques

"Every time it's because I've lost control," she added, asking Shona if she felt guilty after hitting her children and if she thought it was more because she had lost control.

Shona confessed there were times she regretted slapping her kids, but stood by her principles and said she didn't regret the incident with her 14-year-old.

"Lowering yourself, especially to hit a 14-year-old in the face, is really appalling," Anna blasted, as Ruth was left speechless while Shona hit back: "I'm not a bully; I'm the boss."

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THIS MORNING host Ruth Langford husband Eamonn Holmes were left powerless show today when their guests clashed heated debate about parenting.

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