Anthony Mangnall MP has signed an early day motion stating he has no confidence in the Speaker of the House. After the Speaker granted a Labour motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Mr Mangnall was one of the first six MPs to sign the Early Day Motion, making him a sponsor to the motion.

Parliament descended into chaos after Sir Lindsey Hoyle made the announcement that Labour’s motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza would be included on the SNP’s opposition day in the commons.

An Opposition Day is meant to be held by one party, meaning that they set the agenda as to what topics are going to be discussed in the session. Then the government will respond with amendments to the motions presented by the opposition party.

What enraged MPs was that the Speaker allowed for a Labour motion to be included in the debate, which SNP and Conservative MPs said was ‘breaking convention’. Claiming that the Speaker was pressurised by Labour leadership to avoid a humiliating split in the parliamentary party, when voting on the SNP’s ceasefire motion.

Anthony Mangnall MP explained why he feels the Speaker’s position is no longer tenable:

“I was deeply disappointed that this week the Speaker of the House of Commons decided to ignore the precedent of the House of Commons and the advice of the Head Clerk. In doing so, he overturned the conventions of the House of Commons and broke the protocols that are there to protect Members of Parliament and the very nature of debate that we have in Parliament. In doing so, it appears he sided with the Labour Party further jeopardising his position by ignoring the rules and becoming biased.

“The Speaker of the House of Commons must remain independent. In ignoring impartial advice and siding with the Labour Party during an SNP opposition day debate, he has called into question his impartiality and lost the confidence of many Members of Parliament. I am one of those who has lost confidence in him, and I am deeply sorry to have reached such a conclusion but the manner in which our Parliamentary democracy operates matters a great deal and sadly I believe his position to be now untenable.”

However, Sir Gary Streeter MP said that the Speaker made a mistake but should be allowed to stay in the chair: “Well, it struck me that the Speaker made a very serious error of judgment. And of course, we saw what followed from that was the collapse of the debate effectively, because the SNP rightly felt that their Opposition Day debate had been hijacked.

“They didn't even get to get a vote on it, on their motion. We felt that the Speaker had broken his precedence because, perhaps because he'd come under pressure from the Labour Party. So, you know, it was not a good day.

“Parliament looked like a disaster. But, you know, he did apologise. He came back to the House, apologised almost immediately. And he apologised again this morning.

“I'm certainly not calling for him to go. I think we should stick with Speaker Hoyle. He's learnt a very big lesson.

“We've got to have someone impartial in the chair. And I think he will be impartial from now on and carry on doing what we all thought was a pretty good job.”