Humza Yousafs first FMQs suspended after descending into chaos

Humza Yousaf’s debut First Minister’s Questions was today hit by chaos as climate protesters repeatedly interrupted. The weekly grilling session which sees the Scottish First Minister quizzed by MSPs including Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and Labour’s Anas Sarwar was suspended just moments after it started due to shouting from the public gallery at Holyrood.

The FMQs session was the first for new Scottish First Minister Mr Yousaf.

But the proceedings descended into mayhem with five interruptions before the end of Douglas Ross’ questioning of the SNP leader, who was confirmed as Nicola Sturgeon’s replacement on Monday.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone ordered the public gallery to be emptied after the fifth interruption.

Only school pupils on a visit to Holyrood were allowed to stay to watch the session.

Addressing MSPs, the Presiding Officer said: “I don’t think I can adequately express my deep regret that such action is required in our national parliament.

“I’m extremely sorry for the overwhelming majority of those who have travelled to the parliament today to watch their elected representatives at work.”


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