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Isles MP Angus MacNeil has slammed the “extraordinary scenes” in Westminster yesterday ( Wednesday February 21) which denied MPs in the House of Commons a full vote on a Gaza ceasefire.

Commenting Mr MacNeil that his constituents and voters across the UK will feel cheated, the independent Isles MP slammed Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle for an unprecedented move that led the Commons to descend into chaos.

“I waited for hours to vote on behalf of the many constituents who had been in touch, but sadly, it was a day of ‘Britannia waives the rules,’” said Mr MacNeil.

“The people who are really short-changed are the people of Gaza. This could have been the domino that led to a ceasefire and saving countless lives.

“The last time there was a vote in the House of Commons on a ceasefire, there were 12,000 killed in Gaza, mostly women and children. Now, 30,000 have been killed in Gaza, again mostly women and children.

“The people of Gaza deserve better from a parliament that is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.”

Echoing claims that the Speaker of the House had acted to save the Labour Party from a ceasefire vote, said the Official Opposition had been remaining silent on saving the lives of civilians in Gaza and “avoiding saying what needs to happen and that is an immediate ceasefire and a stop to the killings.”

Elsewhere, it was reported that manoeuvres are already underway to oust the Speaker of the House as at least 33 Tory and SNP MPs have signed a motion declaring they have no confidence in the Speaker.

Apologising in the Commons after the vote, Sir Lindsay told MPs he takes responsibility for his actions, and that he will meet key figures from the main parties to discuss what happened.

The row erupted on a day which had been designated an SNP opposition day, meaning the party – as the third biggest in the Commons – could put forward motions for debate and vote.

The SNP had originally tabled a motion calling for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza. Normally this would have meant MPs would debate and vote on this motion, before moving on to any amendments tabled by other parties.

However, Sir Lindsay broke with tradition and allowed a Labour amendment on the SNP motion first, prompting fury from both the SNP and the Conservatives.

The Speaker later said he had come to this decision so that MPs could express their view on "the widest range of propositions".