Labour conference cut short after Speaker recalls Parliament

Parliament will sit tomorrow at 11:30am

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Commons Speaker John Bercow has called for MPs to return to Parliament tomorrow morning at 11:30am, forcing Jeremy Corbyn to bring forward his speech at the Labour Party conference.

It follows the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful.

Lady Hale, who delivered the judgement to the court, said the speakers of the Houses of Commons and Lords could now "take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible".

Mr Bercow said he has contacted party leaders and “where that has not been possible, senior representatives of the parties” to prepare.

He said that a Prime Minister’s Questions will not be possible due to notification requirements but added that “for the avoidance of doubt, there will be full scope of urgent questions”.

The end of the controversial prorogation has meant that Labour leader Mr Corbyn has moved his conference speech forward and it will now take place later today.

Addressing his party in Brighton, Mr Corbyn said the ruling “demonstrates contempt for democracy and an abuse of power by [Boris Johnson]” and called for the Prime Minister to “consider his position”.

Meanwhile, MPs have responded to the court ruling by travelling to the House of Commons immediately.

Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas shared a picture of herself on the Commons benches holding a sign which reads "not silenced" - an edited version of the same signs which were used by protesting MPs when the Government's prorogation of Parliament was first announced.

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