Senior Labor MP Chris Bryant denied yesterday telling House Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to “run away” in an extraordinary row over social distancing rules.
It is believed that Mr Bryant, the MP from Rhondda in Wales and chairman of the Commons Select Committee on Standards, made this comment after being reprimanded by Sir Lindsay for being too close to others in the Chamber.
The spitting between the two men interrupted Boris Johnson while answering questions at PMQs yesterday.
Sir Lindsay and Mr. Bryant are long-standing enemies, and the Labor MP finished second on the Speaker in the battle for John Bercow last year.
Yesterday’s argument seemed to start after Sir Lindsay made an exception to Mr. Bryant’s “chuntering” during the Prime Minister’s address.
One MP who witnessed this said to The Sun, “He was standing in the back door on the Labor benches hunting.
The spokesman told him to be quiet and then said not to be positioned there because he was too close to others who were sitting in assigned seats.
“Bryant denied this and the speaker insisted he move, to which he threw his hand in the air and said,” Oh damn “.
Sir Lindsay shouted angrily in response, “We don’t have this shameful behavior.”
Another MP also claimed that Mr Bryant swore, while a Tory MP who said they witnessed the exchange added, “It’s pathetic. I understand that there has been a problem between them for a long time. ‘
Mr Bryant told MailOnline that he did not abuse the spokesman.
He said, “I’m not really commenting as I don’t want to ignite things, but I can categorically say that I did not swear to either the Prime Minister or the Speaker.”
The speaker’s office has been asked to comment.
Labor MP Chris Bryant allegedly insulted spokesman Lindsay Hoyle – although he denies making the comment
Sir Lindsay furiously reprimanded the Labor MP. The two are believed to be long-term rivals as Sir Lindsay defeated Mr. Bryant in the battle for the spokesperson’s presidency
Yesterday’s argument seemed to start after Sir Lindsay made an exception to Mr. Bryant’s “chuntering” during the Prime Minister’s address and told him to stop being so close to other members
The exchange took place on a busy day in the House of Commons with the Prime Minister asking questions about the Brexit negotiations.
Sir Lindsay later said the House of Commons could sit until Christmas Eve should it be necessary to pass a Brexit bill.
Under current plans, the Commons will stop sitting on December 21, but he said the Sky News hiatus could be delayed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed that after three hours of talks in Brussels a “firm decision” on the future of the negotiations should be made by Sunday.
The transition period ends on December 31st and any agreement would have to be ratified by the European Council, the European Parliament and Westminster.
Sir Linsday told the broadcaster, “I would like to believe that we will all ascend by the date expected by the House.
“But the house is the servant if need be, and I am glad to be that servant to make sure that as far as I am concerned we can walk until Christmas Eve.
The exchange took place on a busy day in the House of Commons with the Prime Minister asking questions about the Brexit negotiations
“I would like to believe that we can finish the Monday before Christmas. I want to put everything in bed and get everyone out of here. ‘
Britain is close to Brexit after Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen set a final breakthrough deadline on Sunday and warned that “very large” gaps would remain.
The Prime Minister and the EU chief spent more than three hours taking stock of the dire situation when they ate steamed turbot and scallops at the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels last night – the source of many skirmishes between British and French fishing boats.
But the pair could not find a way through the impasse that trade talks had left on the verge of collapse a year after Britain officially left the bloc.
Instead, they order Michel Barnier and Lord Frost to re-engage, provided that the plug is pulled if a solution is not found within four days. However, it is not clear whether they have received new policy instructions – which are seen as critical to postponing the deadlock.
Government sources confirmed that Lord Frost and Mr Barnier will resume talks in the Belgian capital today to resolve the outstanding issues.