Rishi Sunak has criticised Lindsay Hoyle for how he handled the chaotic Gaza ceasefire vote in parliament, amid pressure on the Speaker to resign.

The prime minister said Hoyle should not have upended the “usual processes” of parliament in the face of “intimidation or aggressive behaviour”.

Hoyle has faced accusations of bias after controversially selecting a Labour amendment to an SNP motion calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

That had the effect of preventing what was expected to be a major rebellion by Labour MPs who had planned to vote with the SNP.

Stephen Flynn, the SNP leader in Westminster, has demanded Hoyle quit.

Hoyle has said one of the reasons he allowed Labour’s amendment was to protect MPs by giving them way to vote for a ceasefire amid threats against them.

He has since apologised for making a “wrong” decision. “I made a mistake - we do make mistakes, I own up to mine,” he told the Commons today.

But Sunak said today: “What happened in the House of Commons last night is very concerning.

“It seems that the usual processes and the way that the House of Commons works were changed.

“Now my understanding is that the Speaker has apologised for that and is going to reflect on what happened.”

The prime minister added: “But I think the important point here is that we should never let extremists intimidate us into changing the way in which parliament works.

“Parliament is an important place for us to have these debates. And just because some people may want to stifle that with intimidation or aggressive behaviour, we should not bend to that and change how parliament works. That’s a very slippery slope.”

More than 60 Tory and SNP MPs have so far signed a motion of no confidence in the Speaker.

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Rishi Sunak Criticises Lindsay Hoyle's 'Concerning' Handling Of Gaza Vote

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22.02.2024

Rishi Sunak has criticised Lindsay Hoyle for how he handled the chaotic Gaza ceasefire vote in parliament, amid pressure on the Speaker to resign.

The prime minister said Hoyle should not have upended the “usual processes” of parliament in the face of “intimidation or aggressive behaviour”.

Hoyle has faced accusations of bias after controversially selecting a Labour amendment to an SNP motion calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in........

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