Matt Hancock left to 'pick up the pieces' says Lindsay Hoyle
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Following an explosive two-minute denunciation of Boris Johnson’s decision to brief journalists and broadcasters on the latest developments in the UK Government’s lockdown roadmap, Sir Lindsay Hoyle called on Matt Hancock to delivered his statement. A number of MPs could be heard laughing at the Speaker of the House fired a dig at the Prime Minister while addressing the Health Secretary.
Sir Lindsay said: “I now call the unfortunate person who has had to pick up the pieces.
“The Secretary of State Matt Hancock to make the statement.”
A number of MPs in the House of Commons could be heard laughing at the dig.
Mr Hancock seemed to ignore the comment and instead went straight into reading his prepared statement.
Just prior to calling on Matt Hancock, the Speaker unleashed a furious warning to Boris Johnson and branded his statement on the UK’s Covid restrictions as “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle was visibly furious that Boris Johnson had chosen not to give his statement to the House of Commons.
The Speaker warned the Prime Minister that he will be watching him in the future.
Sir Lindsay said:“Before I call the Health Secretary to make a statement I want to repeat the point I made earlier, it is entirely unacceptable the Government did not make today’s statement announcement to the house first.
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“It was disrespectful to our house and to our constituency.
“I want to say very clearly to the Government that this is not how this house should be treated.”
He continued: “This house can be assured that I will be pursuing this matter with him.
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“I do not find it acceptable at all, members of this house are elected to come here and serve their constituency not to serve them via Sky and BBC.
“The Prime Minister should be here, I am sorry if his dinner would have been affected.
“I was told he was in Brussels, I think the nearest Brussels tonight were the sprouts on his plate at the dinner being served.
“I say now Prime Minister, you are on my watch and I want you to treat this house correctly.”
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