Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP: It was worth losing a day’s pay for lifting the mace to highlight this ‘disgrace of undermining democracy’

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP: It was worth losing a day’s pay for lifting the mace to highlight this ‘disgrace of undermining democracy’

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has said that it was worth losing a day’s pay over lifting the mace in the House of Commons, because it might “highlight the disgrace of undermining democracy” that is being conducted by Theresa May’s government.

He was thrown out the House of Commons on Monday after he held the mace aloft and marched towards the Commons doors, where he was stopped by officials.

The MP for Brighton Kemptown told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “I lose a day’s pay but it is worth it if it is to highlight the disgrace of undermining democracy that this government is doing, and hopefully I won’t do it again.”

He added: “It is part of the problem of not having rules written down, that the Government suddenly comes along and makes them up.

“The Speaker was as frustrated as I was and I probably should have let the speaker express that frustration himself. I just felt like I just had to do something.”

Under parliamentary rules, Speaker John Bercow ordered the Labour MP to leave the House of Commons for "the remainder of the day". 

 

'Big golden speaking stick' 

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 Russell-Moyle described it as a “spur of the moment thing”.

“After the Government had denied us a vote, denied us a debate and denied me a speaking spot, I just became so enraged that I picked up the golden mace,” he said.

“It is a big golden speaking stick in the middle of Parliament that represents the power of Parliament to legislate under the Queen’s authority.

“It has historically been lifted by people when they believe Parliament is rotten, or believe the Parliament is no longer exercising its duty.”

He added: “It always happens out of frustration and that is what happened with me. It was a spur of the moment thing.

“I have apologised and there are better and more nuanced ways of expressing you disgust at what the Government is doing.

“But, when they refuse to allow you to debate it, it is suddenly at that moment it feels like there is no other opportunity apart from grabbing that and saying ‘Parliament is redundant now if the Government is going to treat us like nothing.”