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Lindsay Hoyle: The UK speaker faces calls to resign after Commons chaos


On Opposition Day, the SNP failed to vote on their "an immediate 'ceasefire' proposal.


The Speaker of the House of Commons was criticised for managing a discussion on Gaza when MPs approved Labour's proposal for an "Urgent Humanitarian Ceasefire" during a chaotic session.


Sir Lindsay Hoyle broke parliamentary tradition by choosing Labour's proposal to amend an SNP resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict, which was eventually passed.


The Conservative and SNP benches were furious with his decision, as they believed he was assisting Sir Keir Starmer in avoiding another embarrassing insurrection on the Middle East problem.


Sir Lindsay returned to the commons and delivered a heartfelt apology following a day of conflict, yet still encountered demands to step down.


Over 30 Members of Parliament have endorsed a parliamentary motion by a Conservative Member of Parliament expressing a lack of trust in the Speaker.


Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt strongly criticised Sir Lindsay, accusing him of "hijacking" the debate and eroding the House's House's confidence in its established norms.


On Thursday, they may encounter each other again when she presents a business statement in the Commons.


Sir Lindsay caused a dispute by deciding that the Commons would vote on Labor's amendment first, followed by votes on the SNP's initial resolution and a Government proposal for an "immediate humanitarian pause."


He ignored warnings from the House of Commons Clerk regarding the extraordinary nature of the action, causing uproar in the chamber.


The Labour amendment passed uncontested when the Government withdrew its involvement, leading to no official vote.


It was the first time the Commons officially supported an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. However, the Government is not obligated to follow this stance as the vote is optional.


SNP could not vote on their proposal for an "immediate ceasefire" which was supposed to be the main emphasis of their Opposition Day.


SNP MPs and a few Conservatives left the debate in protest due to the Speaker's handling of the situation in unusual circumstances.


Sir Lindsay apologised to MPs and promised to undertake discussions with top party members after being urged to return to the chamber to clarify his decision.


Amid calls for resignation, he expressed remorse, stating he believed he was acting in the best interest but now regrets his actions and apologises for the outcome.


He stated that he chose to permit all perspectives to be voiced and expressed deep concern for the safety of MPs who have been threatened due to their positions in the Gaza conflict.


SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn expressed scepticism about the Speaker's viewpoint and criticised his party's treatment as contemptuous.


He requested a probe into allegations that Sir Keir and Labor's top whip had pressured Sir Lindsay, a former Labour MP before he selected the party's proposal for discussion.


If the Speaker had not selected it, Labour MPs supporting a ceasefire might have been compelled to support the SNP resolution, resulting in a recurrence of a significant revolt against the Labour leadership.


Labour frontbencher John Healey stated to Newsnight that the claim of the Speaker being pressured was completely false.

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