‘RESIGN!’ Chaos as deputy speaker rages at Rishi Sunak over breaking house rules

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Dame Eleanor Laing echoed concerns from her superior Sir Lindsay Hoyle who was angry the House of Commons was being disrespected following details of the Budget leaking. Dame Eleanor, who is chairing the Budget, berated Rishi Sunak just before his Budget and said she did not want to be in a similar situation again with future Budgets. Opposition benches became lively and shouted across the chamber for Conservative ministers to resign as Dame Eleanor quickly took charge to bring order.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Dame Eleanor said: “I share the concern of many members of the house of pre-briefing to the media before any announcements were made to the house.

“Previously pre-briefings have been made under embargo but what we have experienced this year is rather different.

“As Mr Speaker has said, important policy announcements must be made first to Parliament.”

Backbench MPs could be heard in the background calling for resignations and they deplored the disrespect.

Dame Eleanor quickly took charge and added: “We are not talking about resigning, we are talking about courtesy to the house.

“I must put on record my support with the Speaker and we should not find ourselves in this position again.

“We are very much looking forward to the remainder of your announcements.”

Mr Sunak told the Deputy Speaker he had the most respect for her and Sir Lindsay and would take on her concerns.


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