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‘Livid’ Tory backbencher says he has ‘had enough of talentless people’

Conservative backbencher says he has ‘not seen anything like’ scenes in Commons on Wednesday

Lucy Skoulding
Thursday 20 October 2022 10:30 BST
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MP Sir Charles Walker said the scenes in the Commons were ‘extraordinary’

A Conservative backbencher has said he has “had enough of talentless people“ after MPs were allegedly “manhandled” and “bullied” in the House of Commons during a vote on fracking.

MP Sir Charles Walker was visibly angry as he said MPs were all at the despatch box when they were told - contrary to earlier instructions - that the division would no longer be treated as a vote of confidence.

The U-turn caused chaos in the division lobbies and Labour’s Chris Bryant claimed he saw MPs being “physically manhandled” and “bullied” into the voting lobby.

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