MPs respond to Supreme Court ruling with Commons selfies

Not silenced: MPs react to Supreme Court ruling

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

MPs from across parties have taken selfies in the House of Commons in response to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling that their suspension from the chamber was unlawful.

The UK’s highest court ruled that Boris Johnson’s advice the Queen to prorogue Parliament for five weeks was not within the lines of the law because it “had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions.”

The ruling prompted Speaker John Bercow to call for Parliament to resume – MPs will sit tomorrow morning at 11:30, but some could not wait.

Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Barry Sheerman shared photos of themselves posing with signs that read “not silenced” in an edited version of the “silenced” signs that MPs held in protest when the suspension was first announced.

Ms Lucas’ Tweet read: “NOT Silenced! An extraordinary day when parliamentary sovereignty has been upheld The session is resumed and we need to get back to work - holding to account an Executive that is lurching ever further out of control.”

Meanwhile, fellow MPs including Lib Dem new recruit Luciana Berger and Welsh Labour’s Carolyn Harris took selfies from the benches.

Ms Berger wrote on Twitter: “Ready and waiting for Parliament to resume #PeoplesParliament”, while Ms Harris simply captioned her picture with the hash tag “#DeProrogued”.

Labour’s Diana Johnson also took to social media to share a photo and wrote: “I want to be sitting in the Commons as soon as possible doing my job for my constituents in Hull North representing their interests.”

Conservative MP for Tonbrige and Malling said: “We’re sitting…”

Labour and Co-operative Party MP Stephen Doughty shared a photo of himself in the back of a car on his way to Parliament.

He said MPs should return as soon as possible "And #LiarJohnson should turn up and be held accountable for his actions."

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