Words have consequences: Boris Johnson's Savile claim was 'inappropriate' says Commons Speaker

Boris Johnson’s claims about Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer were “inappropriate”, the speaker of the House of Commons told MPs today (Tuesday, February 8).

Making a statement to the Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle condemned the “disgraceful behavior” directed at Sir Keir and shadow foreign secretary David Lammy by a mob on Monday.

And he said that “words have consequences” and comments like those made by the Prime Minister “only inflame opinions.”

He told MPs: “I deplore the fact that members of this House were subjected to intimidating and threatening behavior while simply doing their jobs.

“I know the whole House will join me in saying that we stand with our colleagues in condemning the behavior they and the police experienced.

“While I do not comment in detail on security matters on the floor of the chamber, steps must be in place to keep passholders secure as they enter and leave the parliamentary estate.

“I have requested a situation report from the Metropolitan Police via our security team on how this incident occurred.”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he understood arrests have been made following the incident, adding: “I know it has been reported that some abuse was directed at the leader of the Opposition yesterday related to claims made by the Prime Minister in this chamber.

“But regardless of yesterday’s incident, I made it clear last week that while the Prime Minister’s words were not disorderly they were inappropriate.

“As I said then, these sorts of comments only inflame opinions and generate disregard for the House and it is not acceptable.

“Our words have consequences and we should always be mindful of the fact.”

Boris Johnson is resisting fresh demands to apologize for the Jimmy Savile smear he leveled at Sir Keir Starmer after police had to rescue the Labor leader from a mob.

Sir Keir was bundled into a police car for protection near Parliament on Monday as he faced baseless allegations of “protecting pedophiles” from protesters shouting about Savile.

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