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Starmer denies threatening Speaker over Gaza vote

  • Starmer denies threatening Speaker Hoyle
  • Labour seeks widest Gaza debate
  • Hoyle’s position appears precarious

Amid disarray in the House of Commons over a vote on an armistice in Gaza, Sir Lindsay Hoyle is striving to maintain his position.

A move that incited parliamentary anarchy, Sir Keir Starmer has “categorically” denied menacing Sir Lindsay Hoyle to vote for Labour’s amendment in the Gaza ceasefire debate.

The leader of the Labour Party stated that he “simply urged” the Speaker of the House of Commons to initiate “the broadest possible debate” by presenting MPs with a variety of options.

Typically, an opposition party (Labour in this case) would not have the opportunity to present an amendment to a motion put forth by another opposition party. As a result, the action was interpreted by certain individuals as a strategic manoeuvre by Labour to avert a potentially disastrous rebellion, considering that a significant number of its Members of Parliament were anticipated to support the SNP’s motion in the event that their party’s candidates were not elected.

A shadow minister reported last night that Labour officials informed Sir Lindsay that they would not support him to remain Speaker of the House of Commons after the next election if he did not support their party’s amendment.

On the contrary, Sir Keir stated on Thursday at a train depot in Sussex, “I can assure you categorically that I in no way threatened the Speaker.”

“I merely urged for the broadest debate possible to be conducted.”

So that, in reality, the most crucial matter—what should be done about the situation in Gaza—could be adequately deliberated by Members of Parliament with a variety of alternatives at their disposal.

Labour shadow minister Nick Thomas-Symonds stated on the Politics Hub with Sophy Ridge that he did not believe a record of the meeting existed, as this is not customary for summits involving the Speaker and party leaders (although this occurs “regularly”).

He deemed “absolutely nonsensical” the notion of anything “unsuitable” or “threatening” occurring.

In the wake of the pandemonium that ensued last night, Sir Lindsay is presently grappling with the struggle to salvage his employment.

Today, he extended a second apology to members of parliament and insisted that his decision was based on the safety of MPs, in light of the escalating number of threats politicians have received since the outbreak of the Gaza conflict due to their dissenting views on the ceasefire.

To further defuse the situation, he extended an offer to the SNP for an emergency debate subsequent to their inability to vote on their proposition amidst the unrest that occurred on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, his standing appears precarious due to the withdrawal of support from the SNP party.

Dozens of Conservative MPs have signed a vote of no confidence, and Downing Street has repeatedly declined to declare if the prime minister trusts Sir Lindsay.

Critics argue Sir Lindsay, a former Labour MP, made a “political decision” and must remain objective.

They have cast doubt on his claim that he approved the Labour motion for reasons of safety, claiming that he permitted threats of violence to intimidate the legislature.

Speaker’s Leadership Questioned Amid Chaos

The leader of the SNP in Westminster, Stephen Flynn, stated to Sir Lindsay that the House of Commons “descended into farce due to the decision that you alone made.”

“Therefore, as I had previously conveyed to you in private prior to today’s proceedings, these benches do not believe you are capable of continuing in your capacity as Speaker,” he stated on Thursday during a parliamentary debate.

While MPs lack a formal mechanism to remove the Speaker from office, a motion of no confidence could force him to tender his resignation.

Today, he is convening meetings with influential political figures in an effort to bolster support for his position.

Labour has alleged that the Conservatives boycotted the proceedings out of concern for an internal uprising, attributing the disorder to the Conservatives.

In contrast to Labour and the SNP, which advocated for an immediate cessation of hostilities with varying interpretations, the government’s amendment aimed to achieve a “immediate humanitarian pause” in the hostilities.

Sir Keir stated, “The tragedy is that the SNP withdrew from the arena because they were unable to divide the Labour Party, while the government withdrew because it believed it was going to lose a vote.”

Mr. Thomas-Symonds stated that he did not believe Sir Lindsay had erred.

Nevertheless, Labour has been singled out by the government, which has accused them of “damaging” the Speaker’s reputation and exerting undue pressure on him to approve the amendment.

Mr. Lindsay Hoyle is “decent.”

Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, will later meet Sir Lindsay. She described him as a “decent man” and added, “I never would have treated him as the Labour Party have treated him.”

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“We have seen into the depths of Labour’s leadership,” she continued. No other consideration than the Labour Party’s interests receives priority.

“The Labour Party prioritises individual rights over principle, and the reputation and honour of the decent man occupying the Speaker’s chair over the Labour Party itself.” “The Labour Party prioritised democracy, fairness, and integrity.”

Ben Wallace, a former minister for the Conservative Party, defended the Speaker by stating on X that Sir Lindsay is “head and shoulders” above his predecessors.

“He is fair, considerate, and protects backbenchers. Arrogant, bullying, or grandstanding are not his traits. He has my full support.”

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