Hawk­ing me­mo­rial

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - SNP West­min­ster leader Ian Black­ford, cen­tre, is

THREE young peo­ple who com­mu­ni­cate elec­tron­i­cally will be among the guests at­tend­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vice to­mor­row at West­min­ster Abbey for Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing.

Jason Felce, 20, Jack Smith, 21, and Rose Brown, 20, all use elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices to en­able them to speak, just as Prof Hawk­ing did.

The trio are all stu­dents at Na­tional Star Col­lege in Chel­tenham, a col­lege for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties from across the UK. PRIME MIN­IS­TER’S Ques­tions was plunged into chaos af­ter the SNP’s West­min­ster leader was kicked out for re­peat­edly chal­leng­ing Speaker John Ber­cow.

Ian Black­ford dis­missed sug­ges­tions the move was a stunt and in­sisted he had a right to high­light the “out­ra­geous” ac­tions of Theresa May’s Gov­ern­ment over Brexit.

The Speaker acted af­ter the SNP MP de­fied nu­mer­ous de­mands to re­take his seat af­ter claim­ing Scot­land was be­ing side­lined in Brexit de­bates.

Mr Ber­cow or­dered him to leave the cham­ber and said he could not re­turn for the rest of the day.

SNP MPs stormed out in sol­i­dar­ity with their leader and shouted at the Speaker.

Tem­pers flared af­ter time ran out for de­bate on the EU (With­drawal) Bill on Tues­day night as MPs were set to con­sider what the SNP has termed a “power grab” by West­min­ster over re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­turn­ing to the UK from Brussels.

Mr Black­ford sug­gested the row could make the case for in­de­pen­dence stronger.

He said: “Not one sin­gle Scot­tish MP was able to speak in a de­bate that lasted less than 20 min­utes,” he said. “That’s un­demo­cratic.”

sur­rounded by the party’s MPs, in Col­lege Green, West­min­ster, af­ter he was kicked out of House of Com­mons

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