Ed Balls hits out at Ian Blackford as he says Boris outburst was disingenuous

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend his outburst in the Commons which resulted in him being thrown out by Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons speaker.

Susanna Reid and Ed Balls welcomed Ian Blackford on the show on Tuesday morning to discuss his accusation that Boris Johnson was "lying".

As he defended his claims on the show, Ed asked if he rehearsed his questions in the mirror as he said: "Did you rehearse the lines, which would get you thrown out of the Speaker of the House of Commons to get a bit of theatre in the chamber?"

Mr Blackford immediately shut it down as he said: "No. That's not something I would have done and I certainly take no pleasure in having to leave the chamber yesterday.

"I have a duty to stand up on behalf of constituents and not just my constituents, many people up and down these islands.

"We've been overwhelmed with messages, people saying thank goodness that someone has stood up and told it as it is."

However, Ed pressed further and said he believes Mr Blackford "knew what he was doing"

He added: "The House of Commons has rules, you say the Prime Minister should not break the rules of misleading the Commons and at the same time, you are undermining the rules of the House of Commons because you know full well the speaker has to enforce them.

"It seems to me a bit disingenuous for you to claim you didn't know what you were doing. You did that to get thrown out."

Mr Blackford refused to agree and claimed that it was "not the case".

He wrapped up his interview with the two hosts by adding: "There wasn't any attempt to put the spotlight on me. The spotlight should be no the Prime Minister."

Once he left, Susanna agreed that the Prime Minister should be the focus and should come on the show, before revealing that it has been four-and-a-half years since he last appeared on the ITV morning show.

GMB hosts have famously held MPs to account particularly since the start of Covid-19, with various MPs appearing on the show daily to give an update and share their thoughts on various situations.

GMB continues weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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  • Boris Johnson
  • Susanna Reid
  • Good Morning Britain
  • Westminster

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