Speaker erupts: Sir Lindsay Hoyle furiously slaps down Labour ‘chirping from backbenches’

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle furiously told Labour Party MP’s “I want to get on with this statement” in the House of Commons. He added that he did want to hear backbenchers chirping while the statement continued. 

Conservative MP Steve Barclay began his statement saying: “Yesterday the Prime Minister set out why we are using new measures to tackle coronavirus.”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle interjected, telling the Labour backbench: “I don’t need this all the way through.

“I want to get on with this statement, I do not need the backbenches chirping.”

Mr Barclay replied: “Thank you, Mr Speaker.”

The Conservative MP then continued his statement: “Yesterday the PM set out why we are introducing new measures to tackle coronavirus.

 “This decision is not one we would wish to take, but it responds to the soaring infection rate.

“Just as we have a responsibility to protect lives, we must also safeguard livelihoods.

 “That’s why the Government has provided unprecedented levels of financial support throughout this crisis.

“A package described by the IMF as one the best examples of co-ordinated action globally.”

He added: “We will also uplift the Barnett guarantee this week to give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland further certainty over their upfront funding.

“These measures build on the Government’s economic package that now totals over £200 billion. They will provide security to millions of people while giving businesses the flexibility to adapt and plan, and they underline our unrelenting focus on listening and responding to the damaging path of this virus.”


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Mr Barclay also provided greater financial details surrounding the measures.

He said: “This includes an extension to the coronavirus job retention scheme where employees will receive 80% of their usual salary up to a maximum of £2,500 while employers need only pay National Insurance and pension contributions.

“We will provide more support to the self-employed, we are increasing the self-employed income support scheme grant from 40% to 80% in November.”

“Homeowners hit by the pandemic, he said, could continue to claim a six-month mortgage holiday and businesses required to close “can receive non-repayable grants worth up to £3,000 a month”.

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