Speaker orders Conservative MP to leave the Commons over PMQs heckling

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A Conservative MP was ordered to leave Prime Minister’s Questions after being accused of repeated heckling by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Paul Bristow was made to leave the Commons chamber after fewer than five minutes of the weekly clash between Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Mr Bristow told the PA news agency: “I got a little over-excited.”

Sir Lindsay intervened to say: “Mr Bristow, I think you’re going to be leaving. I am asking you to leave now because otherwise I’ll name you.”

‘Naming of a member’ is a term used to describe the disciplining of an MP for breaking the rules of the Commons.

Paul Bristow
Paul Bristow, right, was told to leave the Commons chamber (PA)

He added to opposition MPs: “And the same will happen on this side.”

Mr Bristow left the chamber to cheers and shouts of “bye” from those on the opposition benches.

Sir Lindsay’s spokeswoman said: “Following a noisy start to PMQs, the Speaker asked Paul Bristow to leave the chamber, saying he would name him if not.

“Mr Bristow left voluntarily and so no formal powers were exercised by the Speaker.”

Mr Bristow can stay on the parliamentary estate for the day and loses no pay, it is understood.

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