Speaker of the House angrily confronts MPs after they fail to adhere to social distancing measures

MPs sitting in on the debate for a second lockdown in England had a stern telling off from Deputy speaker, Eleanor Laing after failing to adhere to social distancing measures.

Ahead of the vote, MPs spent the better part of two hours in the commons debating the issues and concerns surrounding the motion to send England into a second lockdown from 12.01am tomorrow.

However, as MPs, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stood to leave the commons to vote, the Deputy Speaker noticed some were flouting social distancing guidance of the House.



Speaker of the House angrily confronts MPs after they fail to adhere to social distancing measures

“Order, order! Honorable members, apart from front benchers, should be leaving this chamber by the doors behind me, please.”, said the Deputy.

She added: “We must try to keep social distancing going and it’s simply wrong for people to…”

Before she finished, the Deputy bellowed: “ORDER! Other than front benchers, everyone should be leaving by the doors behind me!”



The Deputy Speaker ordering MPs to leave correctly for a second time
The Deputy Speaker ordering MPs to leave correctly for a second time

The Deputy went on to look at a member of the house and shake her head.

Disbelief was also felt by people who saw the clip back on Twitter.

One said: “These are the people who want us to follow a one way system round the Co-Op!”, with another adding: “And they wonder why no one else is listening.”

Another Tweet read: “This is why lockdown won’t be adhered to. People see this, and Cummings and all sorts. “If they don’t do it why should we?”” and “People aren’t actually going to respect this lockdown are they?”

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