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No10 ‘running roughshod’ over MPS, says Speaker

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

THE Speaker of the Commons has accused Downing Street of “running roughshod” over Parliament with its lockdown lifting announceme­nt.

Boris Johnson announced a fourweek delay to the final lifting of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns in England during a press conference yesterday before Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, made a statement to MPS.

Speaking in the Commons yesterday afternoon, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “This House needs to know, it needs to know first. I find it totally unacceptab­le that once again, once again, that we see Downing Street running roughshod over members of Parliament.

“We’re not accepting it and I’m at the stage where I’m beginning to look for other avenues if they’re not going to treat this House seriously.

“But I will say I think it’s time for me to have a meeting with the Prime Minister to actually put on the record ... that this House matters.”

He was responding to points of order from two senior Conservati­ve MPS, Peter Bone and Sir Edward Leigh, who both voiced their unhappines­s with the handling of the announceme­nt.

Mr Bone, Conservati­ve MP for Wellingbor­ough, said to MPS: “It’s a long-standing principle of this House that major changes to government policy are announced to Parliament first.

“I can think of no more important policy announceme­nt than changes to regulation­s that restrict the freedom of

‘I think it’s time for me to have a meeting with the PM to put on the record that this House matters’

the British people.” He went on: “What makes this matter more concerning is that about 30 minutes ago the media were given an embargoed copy of the statement. So the media have the statement in advance, there will be a public press conference at 6pm and the last people to know about the changes to the Covid regulation­s will be members of Parliament. This is clearly very disrespect­ful to Parliament and probably a contempt of Parliament.”

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