PMQs: Speaker Hoyle orders Johnson to sit down
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The Speaker of the House hit out at the Prime Minister for failing to address his answers during Prime Minister’s Questions to him. Traditionally, both the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition address their questions through the chair of the Speaker. But as Boris Johnson focussed his attention to the rest of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle urged him to “sit down” and ensure he speak to him and not his colleagues.
The Speaker said: “Prime Minister. Prime Minister, sit down.
“I won’t tell you what you’ve got to say but I can’t hear you when you talk that way.
“I’m here in the chair, please, if you can help me.”
The exchange was the result of Boris Johnson launching an attack on the Labour Party for criticising the proposed immigration scheme that would see arriving asylum seekers being flown to Rwanda to have their application processed.
Mr Johnson said: “I was slightly taken aback for the Government to be criticised over the policy we have devised to end the deaths at sea in the Channel as a result of cruel criminal gangs.
“I was surprised we were attacked for that.
“Actually, Mr Speaker, it turns out that policy – do you know who proposed that policy in 2004? It was David Blunkett, who said it was a 21st-century solution to the problem of illegal asylum-seeking and immigration.”
He then directly addressed Sir Keir Starmer, saying: “He’s a Corbynista in a smart Islington suit.”
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