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SNP MP Ian Blackford was thrown off ahead of his House of Commons speech regarding the Coronavirus Act. Following his announcement he would not be allowing interventions, Mr Blackford was met with jeers from MPs. Mr Blackford snapped and accused these MPs of being pathetic.
He said: “Thank you Mr Speaker, I regret that this is only a 90-minute debate.
“The Government should have made sure that there was more appropriate time given.
“In that context, I am going to do what I don’t normally do and I apologise to the right honourable members.
“But because of time I will not be taking interventions.”
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Mr Blackford paused as cheers could be heard from the opposing bench.
Laughter was heard while an MP demanded that Mr Blackford simply get on with his speech.
An SNP MP could also be heard instructing Mr Blackford to ignore the jeering and mockery.
He answered: “Really? That is pathetic, just utterly pathetic.”
More laughter could be heard before the SNP MP continued.
He said: “In preparing my contribution for this debate, I revisited the remarks that I made when this legislation was introduced in March.
“It seems such a long time ago now but it is worth remembering the shock of the initial wave and the speed at which all our lives have changed.
“As we all know that sudden shift in our collective lives was also accompanied by the loss of too many of our citizens.”
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MPs were gathered to discuss whether the Coroanvirus Act should continue to be used for a further six months.
Former Tory chief whip Mark Harper said that more than 100 Conservative MPs – easily enough to inflict defeat on the PM with opposition support – are ready to back a rebel amendment on Wednesday.
If selected for debate by Speaker the amendment would force ministers “as far as is reasonably practical” to ensure Commons votes before any further social or economic changes.
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