Watch: Speaker rebukes Labour MP Chris Bryant
The Speaker of the House of Commons has rebuked a Labour MP during Prime Minister’s Questions over what he called “disgraceful behaviour”.
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle interrupted Boris Johnson on Wednesday to tell off Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda.
It is currently unclear why, but Bryant left the chamber after being admonished before returning a short while later.
Hoyle told him “we are not having that disgraceful behaviour” and suggested his party whip Nick Brown speak with him.
The PM addressed the exchange, telling the Speaker he should “summon him (Bryant) back, he seems to have vanished.”
Hoyle apologised to Johnson and told Bryant on his return that they needed to have a conversation later.
Bryant was heard saying “fine” in response after approaching the Speaker’s chair.
Sky News editor-at-large Adam Boulton claimed Bryant had disrespected the House because he “wasn’t in chamber when his question was called then asked to come in later with it”.
But Politics Home’s Kate Proctor suggested Hoyle was angry because Bryant would not move from the door.
She tweeted: “Chris Bryant apparently was told to move from the doorway which is left open for ventilation in the Commons chamber and he didn’t.
“If that’s what the row was about, how pathetic!”
Yahoo News UK has contacted the Speaker’s Office and the Labour Party for comment.
During PMQs, Johnson accused Labour leader Keir Starmer of being “deafeningly silent” on whether his party would vote for any EU trade deal they might agree.
The PM said Starmer was being ambiguous about whether Labour would back a deal.
There has been speculation about how the opposition would vote should Johnson get an agreement after he travels to Brussels for a last-minute dinner with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday.
Starmer said in response: “If there is a deal, and I hope there’s a deal, then my party will vote in the national interest, not on party-political lines, as he is doing.”
Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said an agreement would be “very difficult” without movement from the EU side.
He told BBC Breakfast he hopes Johnson’s dinner with Von der Leyen will create “further political momentum” after the government reached a separate agreement with the EU on post-Brexit border checks and trading rules for Northern Ireland.
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