‘LEAVE!’ Lindsay Hoyle loses patience as he explodes during PMQs ‘Give people respect’
PMQs: Lindsay Hoyle warns MPs to be quiet or 'leave' the house
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Sir Lindsay Hoyle tore into rowdy backbenchers during a tense PMQs after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer grilled Boris Johnson over the ministerial code and whether he would resign. During the attack, Sir Keir was repeatedly interrupted by MPs who were shouting at him but carried on and ignored the heckles. But Sir Lindsay stood from his seat and told the disrupters if they did not believe the question was important then they should “leave quietly” and demanded respect was shown to their constituents.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Keir questioned the Prime Minister on whether he followed the ministerial code.
Mr Johnson said he did but Sir Keir addressed comments from the Conservative leader last year which said the guidance was followed in a Downing Street party.
Sir Keir said: “Since he acknowledges the ministerial code applies to him will he resign?”
Mr Johnson called him “relentlessly opportunistic” as backbenchers continued to get rowdy.
Sir Keir was forced to pause and address the jibe and said: “They shout now, they have to go out and defend some of this nonsense.”
Eventually, Sir Lindsay was forced to intervene and told MPs: “This question will continue, and I will hear the question.
“Unfortunately, you might not believe this but our constituents are very interested in both the questions and the answers.
“If some members do not wish to hear it, please leave quietly.”
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Several minutes after the outburst, Sir Lindsay was forced to intervene again and demand MPs show “respect” to each other as the issue was important to constituents.
He said: “Can I just say to both sides, our constituents are watching this.
“Tensions are running high and what we need to be able to do is allow the people out there who are bothered about their futures to hear both sides.
“Please, let’s give the respect our constituents deserve.”
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During PMQs, Sir Keir attacked Mr Johnson following the Sue Gray report and the Downing Street gatherings.
Sir Keir said: “The PM went into hiding for five days because of these allegations.”
Mr Johnson dismissed the attack and said the UK population wanted to hear what the Government was doing to help people with big issues like the cost of living.
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