BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire erupts at Peter Bone: ‘You are undermining Boris Johnson!’

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During an interview on BBC News Ms Derbyshire quizzed Mr Bone on the potential consequences of rebel MPs undermining the Prime Minister. However, the Conservative MP stated that Parliament can pass legislation within a day and therefore needs to be part of the process in making amendments to the Coronavirus Act. 

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Ms Derbyshire said: “You know what the argument is, at the time when the number of deaths which is at 71, twice as many as a week ago.

“The Government and the Prime Minister have to ask swiftly to control the rising rate of infection.

“He might argue that you are undermining him as he tries to do that.”

Mr Bone replied: “I am afraid that argument just does not hold water.

“The truth is Parliament can pass legislation as it has done in the past within a day.

“You could bring in something to Parliament today and have it enforced later that evening.

“So, I am afraid that does not wash.”

On Wednesday afternoon, just before PMQs Sir Lindsay Hoyle called for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government to rebuild trust within the House of Commons and criticised the lack of clarity from the Prime Minister surrounding amendments to the Coronavirus Act. 

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “Lack of clarity in such important matters risks undermining the rule of law.

“I have therefore decided not to select any of the amendments to the motion.

“As I hope my early comments show I have not taken this decision lightly.

“I am looking to the Government to remedy a situation I regard as completely unsatisfactory.

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“I am now looking to the Government to rebuild the trust with this House and not treat it with the contempt that it has shown.”

He added: “When I became Speaker I made it clear that I would take decisions on matters relating to procedures guided by professional advice.

“I have concluded on the basis of advice that I received that any amendment to the motion before the House risks giving rise to uncertainty about the decision the House has taken.

“This then risks decisions that are rightly the responsivity of Parliament ultimately being determined by the courts.”

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