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NEWS STORY : Speaker Apologies Over Commons Vote


Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has apologised after chaos in the House today over the voting on an amendment on an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Hoyle went against protocol and selected both the labour and Government amendments, causing controversy amongst Conservative MPs.

Hoyle apologised for the confusion, saying:

“I wanted to do the best by every member of the house. “I regret how it’s ended up. It was not my intention. I wanted all to ensure they could express their views. As it was, in particularly the SNP, were unable to vote on their own proposition. It is with my sadness that it ended in this position. It was never my intention. I recognise the strength of feeling of this House and its members. I thought I was doing the right thing. I do take responsibility for my actions.”

The Labour amendment was passed in the Commons following the withdrawal from the Chamber of Conservative and SNP MPs.