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Labour's Chris Bryant Is Accused Of "Face Pulling" In "Disgraceful" Commons Showdown

Labour's Chris Bryant Is Accused Of 'Face Pulling' In 'Disgraceful' Commons Showdown
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Rhondda MP Chris Bryant stormed out of the Commons after being chastised for his "disgraceful behaviour" during Prime Minister's Questions today by furious Speaker Linsday Hoyle.

Bryant, who challenged Lindsay Hoyle for the Speaker role last year, was picked out during the exchange between the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer for his conduct. 

Hoyle said his behaviour had been disgraceful and said a whip needed to go and have "a word" with him. 

Appearing to call through to the voting lobby directly behind the chamber where the MPs sit, the Speaker said: "Order, Mr Bryant....Mr Bryant....?"

When he did not appear, he said: "I suggest the whip goes and has a word with him. We're not having that disgraceful behaviour."

Johnson said Bryant should be summoned back because he "had vanished".

One backbencher who was sat in the Commons said the row was about where Bryant was standing, allegedly infront of a door that had been left open for ventilation.

The MP said: "The speaker told him to move and he wouldn't. They then had a face pulling and finger pointing contest." 

Bryant left the chamber, but appeared later at the left hand side of the Speaker's chair with his arms folded.

Hoyle interupted procedings again to say: "Mr Bryant I think we need this conversation later."

Bryant shrugged his shoulders, and then left the chamber. 

PoliticsHome has contacted Mr Bryant for comment.

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