British Prime Minister David Cameron was under fire for sexism Wednesday after he told Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle to “calm down, dear” during Prime Minister’s Questions.

“Whatever his excuse turns out to be though, any woman who watched this morning’s exchange will be able to attest that ‘Calm down, dear’ is neither humorous nor edgy; it is instead a classic sexist put-down, designed to shut women up and put them back ‘in their place,’” The Guardian‘s Cath Elliott wrote.

Watch this video from The Telegraph, broadcast April 27, 2011.