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Scuffles in the Commons as Parliament is prorogued for five weeks

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Speaker John Bercow appeared to be held by a Labour MP in a protest in the House of Commons as Parliament was suspended for five weeks.

There were chaotic scenes as a group of Labour MPs held placards saying silenced on them in front of the Speakers chair.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle appeared to try to hold on to Mr Bercow at the point he was requested to lead MPs to the Lords, with doorkeepers intervening.

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Shouts of shame on you could be heard as Government MPs left the Commons to head to the House of Lords for the prorogation ceremony.

Before walking to the Lords, Mr Bercow said of the protest: I recognise that our presence is desired by our Majesty the Queens Commissioners. They are doing what they believe to be right and I recognise my role in this matter.

METROGRAB - Scuffles in the commons From @StephenMorganMP/Twitter https://twitter.com/StephenMorganMP/status/1171218643881009157/photo/1

Labour MPs surrounded John Bercow with pieces of paper with silenced written on them (Picture: Stephen Morgan MP)

MP Hannah Bardell recorded MPs approaching the Speaker's chair

MP Hannah Bardell recorded MPs approaching the Speakers chair (Picture: Hannah Bardell MP)

Mr Bercow added: Im perfectly happy to play my part, but I do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation.

The Speaker continued: Its one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat.

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Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson shouted at the Speaker and left the chamber.

In response, the Speaker said: I dont care if you dont like it. I require no response from you young man. I require no response from you. Get out man, you will not be missed.

One of the silenced signs was left in Mr Bercows chair after he had departed.

The unusually long period between the ceremony of prorogation and the Queens Speech on October 14 has provoked warnings about a lack of time to deal with Brexit matters ahead of the next deadline on October 31.

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MP Hannah Bardell recorded MPs approaching the Speaker's chair

Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson shouted at the Speaker and left the chamber (Picture: Hannah Bardell MP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had hoped to call a general election for mid-October but failed twice to secure enough support from MPs for his idea.

Instead, MPs approved legislation which is designed to stop the Government from forcing through a no-deal Brexit at the end of next month – something they feared the lengthy prorogation could have aided.

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Unlike during a normal recess, recalling MPs in the event of an emergency is very difficult and would require a Royal Warrant.

The prorogation ceremony began in a bad-tempered manner with some MPs shouting no when Black Rod Sarah Clarke, the senior House of Lords officer tasked with leading the ceremony, asked MPs to visit the Lords.

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Meanwhile, the opposition benches in the Lords were empty as both Labour and Liberal Democrat peers boycotted the ceremony in protest at the suspension of Parliament.

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