Andrew Bridgen: Parliament full of 'zombie politicians'

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has criticised politicians for “shenanigans and showmanship” after the political gridlock continued in Parliament last night.

Last night’s longest parliamentary session in history culminated in the prorogation of Parliament, meaning MPs will not return to the House of Commons until October 14.

Some Labour MPs held signs that read “silenced” in protest of the government’s decision to send them home.

But Brexiteer Mr Bridgen criticised the demonstration as “shenanigans and showmanship” and slammed Speaker John Bercow, who became tearful while announcing his resignation plans to MPs yesterday.

“The shenanigans and showmanship we saw orchestrated with the remain opposition in the chamber last night via the Speaker merely exemplifies exactly why he has been biased all the way through," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Mr Bercow was given a standing ovation after his speech, although the Conservative front bench did not stand.

Mr Bridgen continued: “This is a zombie Parliament, full of zombie politicians, including a zombie Speaker."

Boris Johnson’s bid for an early general election was once again rejected by MPs, while a Bill aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit was made law.

The new Act will legally require the government to write to the EU and request a Brexit extension beyond Halloween if the Prime Minister cannot get Parliament to agree by October 19.

Mr Bridgen told talkRADIO that he thinks Number 10 will launch a legal challenge against the new legislation.

“Boris very clear he certainly doesn’t want to ask for that extension.

“As far as the Conservatives are concerned, I think he appreciates that extension is extinction if we’re not careful,” he added.

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