U.K. Speaker Thwarts Covid Rebels But Slams Johnson for Contempt
The speaker of the House of Commons blocked a bid by rebels in Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party to curb the U.K.’s emergency coronavirus powers but attacked the prime minister over his failure to consult Parliament.
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said the government’s attitude to parliament is “totally unsatisfactory” as he ruled an amendment to the Coronavirus Act proposed by Tory MP Graham Brady, which was backed by dozens of other Conservatives, cannot be put to a vote on Wednesday.
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“The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle said in the Commons on Wednesday. “I now look to the government to rebuild trust with this house and not treat it with the contempt that it has shown.”
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