New System For Whipping Up Furious Conservative Fury

The Speaker of the House of Commons will start issuing “inappropriate behaviour cards” to MPs when they no longer have immunity from removal for making disrespectful comments to people outside of Parliament, in the…

New System For Whipping Up Furious Conservative Fury

The Speaker of the House of Commons will start issuing “inappropriate behaviour cards” to MPs when they no longer have immunity from removal for making disrespectful comments to people outside of Parliament, in the House of Commons, or the House of Lords.

MPs who will not be invited to speak in the Commons, a hallowed place where the people’s elected representatives work, will be denied the opportunity to speak there.

David Lidington, the UK government’s minister for the cabinet office, warned Parliament’s elected representatives they must be aware they are not an “emperor’s court” when addressing elected people outside of Parliament. He said, “The Commons is not a court, it is not an emperor’s court. There is no one watching, no courtroom in the world that fits that description.”

Mr. Lidington announced the new rules this week during a debate on sexist behaviour in Parliament.

Laptops won’t be given to MPs with computer screens, as they will be mistaken for a smartphone and people outside the Commons could make racist, sexist, or homophobic comments without repercussions, said Mr. Lidington.

If MPs are found guilty of inappropriate behaviour or are deemed unfit to sit in the House of Commons, they will be ejected.

A report is being compiled this week into sexist and racist comments by MPs, which has shown there have been several examples of sexist and racist comments.

The National Union of Journalists has praised the decision to take away MPs’ immunity from removal.

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