Labour MP thrown out of parliament after grabbing ceremonial mace

Lloyd Russell Moyle took the ceremonial mace on November 10

Lloyd Russell Moyle took the ceremonial mace on November 10

Bercow then ordered Russell-Moyle out of the chamber, barring him from the rest of the day's sitting - which was already close to completion. He put up no resistance and handed over the ornament.

But he remained in the chamber looking at the Speaker and said nothing as MPs gasped. No, no, no. Order, order.

He said: 'I'm grateful to a dedicated servant of the house for bringing forward the mace and restoring it to its place.

The mace is a gold-gilded silver symbol of the monarch's authority in Parliament, and without it, the house can not sit.

Russell-Moyle was roundly jeered by MPs as he performed his stunt as Bercow shouted: 'Order!

He said: "By the power given to me by standing order number 43 and I think (Mr Russell-Moyle) will know the implication of his action, I must order (Mr Russell-Moyle) to withdraw immediately from the House for the remainder of this day's sitting".

Mr Russell-Moyle, who won his seat at last year's general election, was stopped by two female Serjeant at Arms staff.

Lloyd Russell Moyle takes the ceremonial mace from its table and holds it in protest
Lloyd Russell Moyle held the ceremonial mace in the centre of the House of Commons

"It was clearly a symbolic protest against what the government is doing."One lifts the mace to demonstrate the government no longer has the mandate to govern". In Jan 2009, Labour MP John McDonnell called the governing body's refusal to hold a vote a "disgrace to the democracy of this country" as he picked up the mace and put it down on a nearby bench.

"I felt Parliament had effectively given up its sovereign right to govern properly".

In a statement to MPs, Mrs May also said the Government was stepping up preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit.

Under the convention, opposing whips agree deals to pair off MPs who are unable to make a vote.

The Scottish First Minister branded Theresa May an embarrassment for cancelling the vote, accusing the Prime Minister of an "unforgivable dereliction of responsibility".

She said: "It appears the vote is being delayed because of the Tory Party civil war, and in a desperate attempt to save the Prime Minister's job".

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