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SNP and Conservative MPs stroll out of the Commons over the Speaker’s dealing with of Gaza vote

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has apologised after the House of Commons descended into chaos with Government and SNP MPs strolling out of the chamber in protest at his dealing with of the Gaza ceasefire debate.

After a number of vocal critcisms and heckling, he returned to the House to inform MPs: “I have tried to do what I thought was the right thing for all sides of this House. It is regrettable and I apologise for the decision that didn’t end up in the place that I wished for.”

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt claimed Sir Lindsay had “hijacked” the controversy and “undermined the confidence” of the House in its longstanding guidelines by deciding on Labour’s bid to amend the SNP movement calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and Israel.

She withdrew the Government’s modification after the Speaker of the House took the weird step of deciding that the Commons would first vote on Labour’s modification.

This was greeted within the Commons by Tory cries of “shameful” and “bring back Bercow”, whereas Sir Lindsay mentioned he needed MPs to have the “widest possible range” of choices because of the essential nature of the controversy.

Labour’s modification has been accredited whereas Sir Keir Starmer accused the Tories and SNP of “choosing political games over serious solutions”.


Starmer accuses Tories and SNP of ‘choosing political games’

In his first response to this night’s chaos, Sir Keir Starmer accused the Tories and SNP of “choosing political games over serious solutions”.

After some SNP and a few Conservative MPs stroll out of the chamber through the Gaza ceasefire debate, the Labour chief mentioned in an announcement: “Today was a chance for Parliament to unite and speak with one voice on the horrendous situation in Gaza and Israel.

“It was in that spirit that Labour put forward an amendment calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. One that that will last, that would require both sides to observe it, that would demand hostages are returned, that aid gets into Gaza, that said Israel has a right to be protected against a repeat of October 7th and – crucially – that requires a road map for a two-state solution. It is a serious plan for such an incredibly serious situation.

“Unfortunately, the Conservatives and the SNP decided to walk out hand-in-hand, refusing to vote on this serious matter, yet again choosing political games over serious solutions.

“It is clear the only party with a plan for the challenges facing Britain – whether here or abroad – is Labour. And it is clearer than ever that it is only Labour that will put country over party and silly political games in order to deliver.”

Holly Evans21 February 2024 20:45


SNP Stephen Flynn claims his get together’s Gaza movement had been ‘blocked’ by Labour

SNP Westminster chief Stephen Flynn additionally repeated on social media his declare {that a} vote on his get together’s Gaza ceasefire movement had been “blocked” by Labour and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

He posted on X, previously Twitter: “Today should have been about a ceasefire in Gaza.

“It’s why the SNP brought forward our motion. Westminster blocked our chance at a straight vote due to the actions of the Speaker and Labour Party.

“We will continue to speak up for those suffering as a result of this conflict.”

Holly Evans21 February 2024 20:30


SNP MP ‘appalled and horrified’ by chaos within the Commons

Pete Wishart mentioned he has not seen something just like the scenes within the House of Commons on Wednesday, regardless of having served as an SNP MP for greater than 20 years.

The MP for Perth and North Perthshire, who was elected in 2001, mentioned: “I’m actually appalled and horrified about what we just witnessed in the House of Commons.

“We came here in all good faith and all good intent to put forward a motion about an immediate ceasefire in Gaza; we’ve been unable to put forward that case today.

“The debate was hijacked by the Labour Party.”

(Parliament TV)

He added: “People observing these proceedings I’m sure will be disgusted at what they’ve seen. This was a day that deserved and required some serious attention… and what they got was an absolute circus, and the blame all lies with the Speaker of the House of Commons.”

Asked if he had something seen something prefer it in his time as an MP, he mentioned: “Absolutely nothing like this.

“And I’ve been through Iraq, through the whole dramas when it came to the independence referendum, through Brexit, and there has never been a day quite like this.”

Holly Evans21 February 2024 20:21


Slogans calling for a ceasefire projected onto the clock tower of Big Ben

Hundreds collect exterior the parliament to stage a protest in assist of Palestinians because the proposal calling a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza is being debated within the parliament in London

(Anadolu through Getty Images)

Alex Ross21 February 2024 20:12


Sir Lindsay Hoyle ought to resign – SNP MP Pete Wishart

SNP MPs are extraordinarily sad as a chaotic row exploded over process when Speaker Lindsay Hoyle selected each the federal government and the Labour Party’s amendments to their get together’s movement on a ceasefire in Gaza.

SNP MP Pete Wishart, the MP for Perth and North Perthshire, mentioned: “I think it’s intolerable, and it’s really difficult to know how you could remain in the chair after what happened today.

“Now I know he came down and took responsibility and said sorry, but quite frankly it’s not good enough.”

He added: “I think (it) requires him to look at his situation as Speaker of the House of Commons.

“And I know that nearly all of my colleagues have signed the early day motion asking for him to go, and speaking to several Conservative colleagues this evening, I know that a great number of them have also signed that too.”

Asked if Sir Lindsay ought to resign, Mr Wishart mentioned: “Absolutely. I cannot see a route for him to be able to command the respect of the whole of the House which will enable (him) to be in that chair.”

Alex Ross21 February 2024 20:09


‘Put people’s lives above politics’

The chaos in Parliament tonight has been condemned by ActionAid UK, whose chief govt Halima Begum mentioned she was “extremely disappointed to see utter paralysis” within the Commons.

“Democracy is a precious commodity and should be treated as such,” she added.

She urged MPs to behave to discover a manner ahead to usher in a ceasefire.

She mentioned: “MPs know that over two-thirds of their constituents want an end to the war, an increase in humanitarian aid, and the safe return of the hostages.

“It’s time they put people’s lives above politics.”

Alex Ross21 February 2024 19:48


Gaza debate over – however fallout begins

Depity Speaker Rosie Winterton pronounces that the Gaza debate is over the Commons empties, once more.

But that’s unlikely to be the tip of this with Speaker Lindsey Hoyle underneath stress for chosing each the federal government and the Labour Party’s amendments to the SNP movement, breaking conference on not deciding on opposition amendments.

We’ll be persevering with our protection with response tonight.

Alex Ross21 February 2024 19:43


Leader of the Commons accepts Speaker’s apology

As Sir Lindsey Hoyle stepped as much as apologise to the Commons he was jeered by many MPs. However, he discovered sympathy in others, together with Leader of the Commons Penny Mordaunt.

She thanked the Speaker for his heartfelt apology and for providing to fulfill all of the get together leaders.

She mentioned: “You’re our Speaker and we wish you to defend the rights of all members of this house I thank you for recommitting yourself to those responsibilities today and for coming to the floor of the House.”

Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle apologises to MPs

(PA Wire)

Alex Ross21 February 2024 19:39


Sir Lindsay set to fulfill leaders of the political events

As chaos contained in the Commons ensued, responding to SNP MP Stephen Flynn, Sir Lindsay Hoyle mentioned: “I understand the feeling. As I said, I would like to have that conversation in private. I would like to be with you as soon as possible.”

Shadow Commons chief Lucy Powell then mentioned: “Can I just make a point of order that actually the amendment in the name of the Leader of the Opposition was this evening passed unanimously and therefore…”

After being interrupted by shouting from the SNP and the Conservatives, she could possibly be heard to say: “Yes it was – and therefore…”

Sir Lindsay then referred to as for order, including: “I don’t think now is the time, and what I want to do, I want to move on and I want to meet with the important players.”

The Speaker continued to face jeers from the SNP and Tories as he left the chamber, handing again the chair to his deputy Dame Rosie Winterton.

Alex Ross21 February 2024 19:36


Labour modification to SNP movement passes

The Labour modification calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza has handed with no vote.

It means the SNP movement for a ceasefire goes by as amended.

Without a vote, the movement went by “on the nod”.

Alex Ross21 February 2024 19:34