Published On: Wed, Sep 30th, 2020

Boris Johnson news: Speaker erupts at PM for treating House of Commons with ‘contempt’ | Politics | News

Just before PMQs Sir Lindsay Hoyle called for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government to rebuild trust within the House of Commons. He also criticised the lack of clarity from the Prime Minister surrounding amendments to the Coronavirus Act and stated the Government had shown contempt. 

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “Lack of clarity in such important matters risks undermining the rule of law.

“I have therefore decided not to select any of the amendments to the motion.

“As I hope my early comments show I have not taken this decision lightly.

I am looking to the Government to remedy a situation I regard as completely unsatisfactory.

“I am now looking to the Government to rebuild the trust with this House and not treat it with the contempt that it has shown.”

He added: “When I became Speaker I made it clear that I would take decisions on matters relating to procedures guided by professional advice.

“I have concluded on the basis of advice that I received that any amendment to the motion before the House risks giving rise to uncertainty about the decision the House has taken.

“This then risks decisions that are rightly the responsivity of Parliament ultimately being determined by the courts.”

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