‘Discourteous and unacceptable’: Speaker demands lockdown leaker apologises

Inquiry launched over the weekend

Kate Devlin
Monday 02 November 2020 16:24
'Discourteous and unacceptable'- Speaker demands lockdown leaker apologises.mp4

The speaker of the House of Commons has denounced a leak that revealed ministers were about to announce another lockdown in England.  

Sir Lindsay Hoyle also demanded an apology to parliament if it emerges that the information came from an MP.  

Downing Street ordered a leak inquiry over the weekend after reports Boris Johnson was poised to unveil another lockdown.  

A statement by the prime minister was also hurriedly brought forward to Saturday night.  

Sir Lindsay said any MP found to have leaked details about the second lockdown should apologise for displaying "discourteous and unacceptable" behaviour.

He also told Mr Johnson he expected MPs to be kept updated about the inquiry.  

In a statement, Sir Lindsay said: "After speaking with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House (Jacob Rees-Mogg), who went to great lengths to assure me that the leaks were not from Downing Street, I expect the Prime Minister to keep the House updated on his leak inquiry.

"I also hope that if the leaker is identified and if a member of this House, that member will make a full apology to the House for the discourteous and unacceptable behaviour."

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