‘You may be the prime minister of this country but in this House I’m in charge’: UK’s Speaker stops Boris Johnson from speaking

A video of UK’s Speaker of the House of Commons shutting down British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gone viral on social media.

When the British Parliament debated in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to question the opposition, without answering questions. The video of Speaker Lindsay speaking to the Prime Minister has gone viral.

They discussed the involvement of Members of Parliament in other occupations and jobs. Then, Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to try to divert the debate with questions.

Lindsay Hoyle, the UK’s Speaker of the House of Commons, stepped in during a fiery parliamentary debate session. He rebuked Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition leader Keir Starmer and the most senior figures of both parties for their poor parliamentary behavior, saying he expected better politics from both sides.

The row erupted after Johnson and Starmer clashed over the issue of MPs’ standards, with the Labour leader asking whether the PM would crack down on the issue of lucrative second jobs for MPs. 

In response, Johnson quizzed Starmer about his own links to law firm Mishcon de Reya.

“Talking of cover ups,” Johnson said: “I’m sorry Mr Speaker, but we have not heard why the honourable gentleman has … ” but was cut off by speaker Lindsay before he could finish his sentence. 

The speaker told the PM: “I don’t want to fall out about it, I’ve made it very clear – it is prime minister’s questions, it’s not for the opposition to answer your questions. This is PMQs. We play by the rules here, don’t we? Stop disrespecting the House.

“Whether we like it or not those are the rules of the game that we’re all into and we play by the rules, don’t we? And we respect this House, so let’s respect the House.”

After Johnson attempted to raise Starmer’s conduct again, the speaker shouted: “Prime minister, sit down. I’m not going to be challenged, you may be the prime minister of this country but in this House I’m in charge.”

It didn’t end there. Further heated exchanges were triggered after Starmer questioned if the PM would back an investigation into contracts given to Randox or “vote for another cover-up”.

The video of speaker Lindsay speaking has gone viral on social media. And he is accumulating praise from many quarters.

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