SNP walk out of Commons after bizarre speaker row

SNP MPs have stormed out of the House of Commons chamber during PMQs, after their Westminster leader Ian Blackford was kicked out by the Speaker.

John Bercow had ordered Mr Blackford to leave after he stood and repeatedly said: “Scotland will not be disrespected by this parliament.”

The speaker shouted “very well” and waved his hand as three benches of SNP MPs rose in protest, with choruses of “bye” – although it was unclear from whom.

Joanna Cherry, the party’s justice and home affairs spokesperson, appeared to wave on her way out.

“What a pity, because there are SNP MPs who had questions on the order paper,” Mr Bercow said afterwards.

SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted minutes later that she was “right behind” her party’s MPs.

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She claimed Scotland and Holyrood were “being treated with contempt by Westminster – and it needs to be highlighted”.

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