MSP Kelly kicked out of par­lia­ment

Ruther­glen po­lit­i­can ejected from cham­ber

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

This is the mo­ment Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly was sen­sa­tion­ally ejected from the Holy­rood cham­ber yes­ter­day af­ter­noon (Tues­day).

Mr Kelly was re­moved by pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Tri­cia Mar­wick af­ter he re­fused re­peated in­struc­tions to sit down.

MSP’s were de­bat­ing the Trade Union Bill and its po­ten­tial ef­fect on Scot­land when Mr Kelly said he wanted to raise a point of or­der about a rul­ing the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer had made last week.

She deemed a gov­ern­ment bid to lodge a leg­isla­tive con­sent mo­tion against the bill last week was in­com­pe­tent, but Mr Kelly wanted to ask if the le­gal ad­vice the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer had been given on the mat­ter was open to chal­lenge.

Af­ter un­der a minute, Ms Mar­wick chal­lenged him sev­eral times to make his point of or­der, prompt­ing Mr Kelly to say he would if she stopped in­ter­rupt­ing him.

Even­tu­ally, she told him to sit down and asked him to apol­o­gise.

When he re­fused sev­eral times, she kicked him out.

Se­cu­rity staff were then called to es­cort him off the premises.

He was banned from the rest of the day as well as to­day Wed­nes­day.

It is be­lieved to be the first time since the 2003-2007 ses­sion that any MSP has been told to leave.

Mr Kelly told the Re­former af­ter­wards that MSP’s have three min­utes to make a point of or­der.

He added: “It was an ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous de­ci­sion.

“I only got one minute to make my point of or­der and that’s why I stood my ground.

“The sec­ond point I would make is I was due to speak in a health de­bate later in the day about the pres­sure on the NHS , the fund­ing cri­sis and how that would af­fect con­stituents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

“Be­cause of this de­ci­sion, I have been de­barred from prop­erly rep­re­sent­ing my con­stituents.”

When asked if he would do the same thing again, he replied: “I have ab­so­lutely no re­grets. “At the end of the day, I was speak­ing up for trade union rights and making a rea­son­able point.”

Iron­i­cally, Mr Kelly’s po­si­tion as Labour’s busi­ness man­ager at Holy­rood means he will need to deal with Ms Mar­wick on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Labour boost in Ruther­glen con­stituency, page 22

Out Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Tri­cia Mar­wick shows Mr Kelly the door

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