SNP’s Ian Blackford ejected from parliament for saying Boris Johnson misled MPs
The Independent

Ian Blackford was congratulated after being booted from the House of Commons on Monday for saying the prime minister “wilfully misled” MPs over the Downing Street party allegations.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle asked the SNP Westminster leader to withdraw the remark that Johnson “misled the House” several times, but Blackford refused and doubled down.

On one of the occasions, Sir Lindsay asked him to withdraw his comment and replace it with “inadvertently”, instead of just “misled the House”. Blackford responded: “It’s not my fault if the prime minister can’t be trusted to tell the truth.”

Amid raucous shouting from the Tory benches, the Speaker said: “Under the power given to me by standing order number 43 I order the honourable member to withdraw immediately from the House.”

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Blackford walked out of the chamber before the Speaker had finished, with Sir Lindsay noting: “It’s all right, we don’t need to bother.”

As Blackford walked out of the House of Commons, he was greeted by anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray.

“Well done, Ian. Fantastic,” Bray said as Blackford approached the gates. Blackford smiled and shook Bray’s hand.

Bray asked what he said in the House, to which Blackford replied: “I said he misled the House and he was a liar”.

“Absolutely the truth. You should not be removed for that, Ian,” Bray said.

The praise spilled out across social media, too:

Earlier, Blackford had said: “So here we have it. The long-awaited Sue Gray report, what a farce.

“It was carefully engineered to be a fact-finding exercise, with no conclusions. Now we find it’s a fact-finding exercise with no facts.

“So let’s talk facts. The prime minister has told the House that all guidance was completely followed, there was no party, Covid rules were followed and that ‘I believed it was a work event’.

“Nobody, nobody believed it then. And nobody, nobody believes you now, prime minister. That is the crux, no ifs, no buts, he has wilfully misled Parliament.”

He doubled down yet more on Twitter last night.

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain today, he said it was “slightly perverse” it was him who was thrown out of the House of Commons on Monday on the “basis of telling the truth”.

He said: “If I had withdrawn what I’d said yesterday in the House of Commons I would have been guilty of doing what the prime minister has done, and that would have been lying to everybody watching.

“One of these days the prime minister is going to have to accept that he has abused the trust that was put in him when he became prime minister. He should have gone by now.

“And this morning, my message to Tory MPs, they’re going to have to do the job because, quite simply, this man is not fit for purpose.

“He’s not fit to be prime minister.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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