Chaos in the Commons: Mayhem as MP THROWS HIMSELF at Bercow to protest prorogation

THE HOUSE of Commons descended into farce in the early hours of this morning as opposition MPs angry at the prorogation of Parliament broke into an unprecedented protest.

As the prorogation ceremony was getting underway a scuffle broke out on the floor of the chamber as Brighton Kemptown MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, threw himself on the Speaker to try and block him from rising from his seat and carrying out the historic process of suspending Parliament. The Speaker traditionally leads MPs into the House of Lords behind Black Rod, a senior officer who is responsible for the opening and closing of Parliament.

Commons doorkeepers were left desperately trying to pull the Labour MP off Mr Bercow to keep the ceremony underway.

Other furious opposition MPs, angry at Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks, held up signs reading “silenced” as they surrounded the Speaker’s chair.

The Government has been accused of suspending Parliament to stop MPs debating Brexit in the lead up to the Article 50 deadline on October 31.

Further chaos erupted in the chamber when Mr Russell-Moyle put up a fight as he was dragged away, falling into his protesting colleagues, causing them to fall over in turn.

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A scuffle broke out near the Speaker's chair (Image: Twitter/Step​henMorganMP)

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Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle threw himself on the Speaker in a symbolic bid to block prorogation (Image: Twitter)

Large numbers of MPs refused to take part in the prorogation ceremony, remaining in their seats in the Commons and screaming ”shame on you” as Mr Bercow led the procession out of the chamber.

Mr Bercow carried out his role in the prorogation ceremony reluctantly, taking aim at the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament.

Making a statement from the chair at the end of yesterday's business, Mr Bercow said: “I will play my part, this is not, however, a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard.

“It’s one of the longest for decades and it represents not just in the minds of many colleagues but huge numbers of people outside, an act of executive fiat.

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MPs screamed 'shame on you' as Mr Bercow left the Commons (Image: Parliament TV)

“Therefore, I quite understand, I’ve already said that Black Rod, I respect and Black Rod is doing her duty and the Queen’s Commissioners are doing their duty and I will play my part.”

Parliament will be suspended until October 14.

Mr Johnson has maintained the process is taking place purely so that new legislation can be brought before the Commons.

The session began in 2017, making it the longest since the English Civil War.

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The mayhem that unfolded in the Commons as almost 1.30am this morning followed a dramatic day in Parliament, which ended with a vote on a general election.

Leaving Parliament after the latest defeat, Mr Johnson looked aghast at Labour's decision to block the election.

Ahead of the vote, Mr Johnson launched a bitter assault on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour MPs, branding them “yellow bellies”.

He said: “This is the sorry tale of the Opposition in this Parliament.

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“For the last three years, they have schemed, plotted and conspired to overturn the verdict of the British people delivered in a referendum, which in a crowning irony almost all of them voted to hold.”

Mr Johnson said Mr Corbyn and his “cronies” had been “trying to disguise their preposterous yellow bellies by coming up with ever more outrageous excuses for delaying an election until the end of October, or perhaps November or perhaps until hell freezes over.”

Rejecting Mr Johnson's demand, the Labour leader said: "We are not walking into any traps set by this prime minister."

The rejection of the election was Mr Johnson's fifth loss in the Commons as Prime Minister in as many votes.

In what was a disastrous start to the week for the Prime Minister, earlier in the day a bill aiming to block a no deal Brexit on October 31 received Royal Assent.

But refusing to ask for another extension to Brexit, Mr Johnson told MPs: “I will not ask for another delay.

"The public have had enough of the delectable disputations in this House and I must warn Hon Members that their conduct has gravely undermined respect for this House in the country.”