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Furious MPs are plotting to oust the Commons Speaker after he threw Keir Starmer a lifeline in a “stitch up” over a crunch Gaza vote.

Conservative and Scottish nationalists walked out in protest after Sir Lindsay Hoyle defied official recommendation to provide a ruling that favoured Labour.

The Speaker was compelled right into a humiliating apology after hours of unbridled anger within the chamber.

But Sir Lindsay was advised his place is “intolerable” and he should now stop.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt unleashed a livid assault on the one-time Labour MP for permitting himself to be dragged into celebration politics.

Ms Mordaunt stated: “I fear that this most grave matter that we’re discussing today and this afternoon has become a political row within the Labour Party and that regrettably Mr Speaker has inserted himself into that row with today’s decision and undermined the confidence of this House in being able to rely on its long-established standing orders to govern its debates.”

She advised the Commons the choice had “raised temperatures” on a problem the place emotions are already working excessive and it had put MPs in a tougher place.

The Scottish National Party had known as an opposition day debate on a ceasefire in Gaza.

But the Speaker went in opposition to regular procedures to permit Labour to hijack the vote with their very own model of requires combating to finish.

It meant Labour didn’t face a rise up after months of deep unrest about Sir Keir’s method to the battle.

After repeated calls for from a clearly incandescent SNP Westminster chief Stephen Flynn that he returned to the House to face MPs, the Speaker confronted the Commons.

He stated: “I assumed I used to be doing the best factor and one of the best factor, and I remorse it, and I apologise for the way it’s ended up.

“I do take accountability for my actions, and that’s why I wish to meet with the important thing gamers who’ve been concerned.”

Sir Lindsay said: “Today’s debate was exceptional in its intensity with which all parties wished to secure a vote.”

He said the decision taken was intended to allow the House “the widest range of propositions on which to express a view”, adding: “I wanted to do the best, and it was my wish… to do the best by every member of this House.”

He went on: “The danger is… that that’s why I wanted everybody to express… because I am very, very concerned about the security of all members… I was very concerned, I am still concerned, and that’s why the meetings I have had today is about the security of members, their families and the people that are involved.

“And I’ve got to say, I regret how it’s ended up. It was not my intention. I wanted all to ensure they could express their views and all sides of the House could vote. As it was, in particular the SNP were ultimately unable to vote on their proposition.

“I am, and I regret… with my sadness, that it’s ended up… in this position. That was never my intention for it to end like this. I was absolutely convinced that the decision was done with the right intentions. I recognise the strength of feeling of members on this issue.”

Mr Flynn said he would take significant convincing that the Speaker’s position was “not now intolerable” and claimed his party had been treated with contempt.

He told the Commons: “Can I firstly begin by echoing your sentiments in relation to the debate that was had in the Chamber in relation to the most important of matters with regard to the safety of civilians in Gaza and indeed those in Israel.

“There has been a difference of view in the House today, but I think that difference of view has been expressed in a way that we can agree has been in a positive fashion in the best fitting way of any democracy, any functioning democracy.”

He added: “Mr Speaker, whilst I acknowledge your apology, the reality is that you were warned by the clerks of the House that your decision could lead to the SNP not having a vote on our very own Opposition Day. As a result, we have seen the SNP Opposition Day turn into a Labour Party Opposition Day.

“I am afraid that that is treating myself and my colleagues in the Scottish National Party with complete and utter contempt. I will take significant convincing that your position is not now intolerable.”

The Speaker denied claims that he met with Sir Keir’s chief of staff Sue Gray, the former civil servant who investigated Partygate.

Conservative MP Philip Davies raised claims that Sir Lindsay had been “put under intolerable pressure” by Sir Keir’s team and “left in no doubt that Labour would bring him down after the general election unless he called Labour’s Gaza amendment’.”

Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton insisted he was “incorrect”.

Senior Tory Sir Michael Fabricant said the Sir Lindsay decision was “a shameless stitch up by a shameless pair: Starmer and Grey.”

William Wragg, Constitutional Affairs Committee Chairman, who supported Sir Lindsay in his bid to turn out to be Speaker, tabled a movement of no confidence in him final evening.

He stated: “Upon such a critical debate and matter, and on a private observe from me having given Mr Speaker the good deal of assist in his election to this House, on the idea that we had been going to have a contemporary begin and that conventions that govern our proceedings wouldn’t be meddled with to hunt one explicit view at anybody time, I’m vastly disenchanted by what has transpired.

“We should not exhibiting ourselves as a House anyplace close to our greatest of what we’re able to to the nation.”