Chaos reigns in the House
Prime Minister’s Questions is normally a theatrical high point in the parliamentary week, as the leaders go head-to-head to prove they can think on their feet.
But chaos and confusion reigned in the Commons yesterday, as SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford delivered a showstopper.
He used an arcane Westminster rule to demand an immediate vote in the middle of the setpiece, sending bewigged clerks scattering for advice.
The Speaker apparently fell into a bear trap by taking what appeared to be the path of least resistance and ruling a vote should happen after PMQs, only to be met with cries of “now!” from the SNP benches.
With the Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Mr Blackford defiantly refusing to sit, the Speaker had little option but to expel him from the House.
Mr Blackford was followed by 34 of his SNP colleagues.
As a headline-grabber, the move could not be faulted.