Speaker says MPs face ‘frightening’ threats as he defends prioritising safety

Politics

An emotional Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he never wants to pick up the phone “to find a friend has been murdered” – as he defended his actions in the Commons on Wednesday.

The Commons Speaker is facing a backlash for allowing a vote on a Labour amendment to an SNP motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Usually there would only be a government amendment to an opposition motion, but Sir Lindsay said he wanted all sides to have a say given the importance of the topic, and the fact MPs are facing increasing levels of abuse over their views on the war.

Having already apologised for the chaos that ensured, Sir Lindsay again said sorry.

But he stressed: “I will defend every member in this House. Both sides, I never ever want to go through a situation where I pick up a phone to find a friend, whatever side, has been murdered by terrorists.”

Amid accusations he made a political decision, Sir Lindsay, a former Labour MP, said: “I am guilty because I have a duty of care that I will carry out to protect people. It is the protection that led me to make the wrong decision.”

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

More from Politics

Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

You can receive breaking news alerts on a smartphone or tablet via the Sky News app. You can also follow @SkyNews on X or subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the latest news.

Articles You May Like

Hyundai finds new materials partner to improve EV battery and motor performance
Woman who stalked Harry Styles and sent him 8,000 cards in less than a month jailed
Tesla cuts prices by $2,000 in US, Model Y back to its lowest price ever
The female gamers competing for thousands of pounds at first event of its kind in UK
England coach dismisses lack of 6N competition