Newport West MP Paul Flynn walks out of committee amid claims he was silenced

Newport West MP Paul Flynn walks out of committee amid claims he was silenced

Newport West MP Paul Flynn just before he walked out in protest from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee today. He claimed he was being 'silenced' by chairman Bernard Jenkin. (5980451)

Newport West MP Paul Flynn walked out in protest from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee today. He claimed he was being 'silenced' by chairman Bernard Jenkin. (5980455)

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A GWENT MP walked out of a House of Commons committee today after he accused its chairman of trying to silence him.

Labour Newport West MP Paul Flynn left the Public Administration Committee after accusing the Tory chairman of the committee Bernard Jenkin of a stunt to embarrass the Scottish Parliament and the idea of devolution.

The incident started during a hearing of the committee after Mr Jenkins asked Vale of Glamorgan Tory MP Alun Cairns to ask a question of Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the civil service, during an inquiry into civil service impartiality and referendums.

Mr Flynn, who had been putting his own questions, interrupted: “I’d only just started."

“You've had quite a long run,” Mr Jenkin replied.

“So have you chairman - a very long run, and a rather tedious one from where I'm sitting,” Mr Flynn said.

Mr Jenkin continued to ask Mr Cairns to ask his question, but Mr Flynn kept intervening, telling the committee he was “going to protest."

Then he added: “Well, I'll have to leave the committee because you're using this committee as a stunt to try to embarrass the Scottish Parliament and the idea of devolution. This is not a serious attempt at using the select committee in a way... And the way that you silence me again is proof of that.

"You should conduct this as a select committee seeking further evidence.”

He then gathered his things and left the room, out of camera shot.

The Newport West MP’s decision to walk out was jumped on by the Scottish National Party, which is leading the Yes campaign for September’s referendum on whether Scotland should be independent.

Mike Weir, SNP MP, said: "This is an unprecedented intervention in the referendum debate from Paul Flynn, and is deeply damaging to the anti-independence campaign.

“For a senior Labour MP to walk out of a supposedly impartial committee inquiry on the referendum – claiming that it is a ‘stunt’ designed simply to embarrass the Scottish Parliament – undermines absolutely everything that Westminster committees are claiming about independence.”

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5:52pm Tue 6 May 14

Frankfurt says...

That's a very strange comment from the SNP MP. Doesn't he realise that Paul Flynn was trying to stop the committee being used to support the "No" vote and was trying help the SNP?
That's a very strange comment from the SNP MP. Doesn't he realise that Paul Flynn was trying to stop the committee being used to support the "No" vote and was trying help the SNP? Frankfurt
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Tue 6 May 14

Magor says...

He should be concentrating on Newports problems along with Morden,Not a good record really but come next year the sheep will vote for them
He should be concentrating on Newports problems along with Morden,Not a good record really but come next year the sheep will vote for them Magor
  • Score: 12

8:21pm Tue 6 May 14

Frankfurt says...

I think that I have misread the SNP's comments. I now gather that what they are saying is that Flynn's protest walk out shows that Westminster are not giving them a fair hearing. My only excuse is that the Argus say that his comments were "jumped on" by the SNP, whereas I think that they are supporting what he did. Like Flynn or loathe him you've got to admit that he's his own man. It's a pity that there are not more like him in that respect.
I think that I have misread the SNP's comments. I now gather that what they are saying is that Flynn's protest walk out shows that Westminster are not giving them a fair hearing. My only excuse is that the Argus say that his comments were "jumped on" by the SNP, whereas I think that they are supporting what he did. Like Flynn or loathe him you've got to admit that he's his own man. It's a pity that there are not more like him in that respect. Frankfurt
  • Score: 18

9:00pm Tue 6 May 14

eezageeza says...

Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone
Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone eezageeza
  • Score: 3

9:09pm Tue 6 May 14

sylwebydd says...

eezageeza wrote:
Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone
So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?
[quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone[/p][/quote]So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers? sylwebydd
  • Score: -3

9:38pm Tue 6 May 14

eezageeza says...

sylwebydd wrote:
eezageeza wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone
So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?
I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service
[quote][p][bold]sylwebydd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone[/p][/quote]So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?[/p][/quote]I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service eezageeza
  • Score: 14

10:15pm Tue 6 May 14

Sid Bonkers says...

I don't know as I wasn't there but whatever party the Chairman belongs to, Flynn has made a very serious allegation about the impartiality of this Select Committee which I hope he can sustain. Hands up those who think Flynn has a record of making calm, measured statements.
I don't know as I wasn't there but whatever party the Chairman belongs to, Flynn has made a very serious allegation about the impartiality of this Select Committee which I hope he can sustain. Hands up those who think Flynn has a record of making calm, measured statements. Sid Bonkers
  • Score: 2

12:04am Wed 7 May 14

Frankfurt says...

Sid Bonkers wrote:
I don't know as I wasn't there but whatever party the Chairman belongs to, Flynn has made a very serious allegation about the impartiality of this Select Committee which I hope he can sustain. Hands up those who think Flynn has a record of making calm, measured statements.
If you watch the video of Flynn leaving the meeting it looks calm and measured. I don't think that he need fear being sued by the chairman.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Bonkers[/bold] wrote: I don't know as I wasn't there but whatever party the Chairman belongs to, Flynn has made a very serious allegation about the impartiality of this Select Committee which I hope he can sustain. Hands up those who think Flynn has a record of making calm, measured statements.[/p][/quote]If you watch the video of Flynn leaving the meeting it looks calm and measured. I don't think that he need fear being sued by the chairman. Frankfurt
  • Score: 2

12:20am Wed 7 May 14

Captain Tripps says...

typical of Labour and the Left . When the going gets tough they head for the hills .
typical of Labour and the Left . When the going gets tough they head for the hills . Captain Tripps
  • Score: -5

12:23am Wed 7 May 14

Howie' says...

eezageeza wrote:
sylwebydd wrote:
eezageeza wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone
So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?
I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service
Like you 'eezageeza' Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has claimed that the Tories are the Workers’ Party.

That's the same Party who have made it easier to sack workers.
The Party who have made working people who have been unfairly sacked stump up £1200 to get justice at a tribunal.
The Party who allowed employers to bribe workers to give up their rights at work.
The Party who took the EU to court to stop a tough cap on bankers' bonuses.
The Party who have presided over a 2.2% pay cut for workers in every year since 2010
[quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sylwebydd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone[/p][/quote]So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?[/p][/quote]I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service[/p][/quote]Like you 'eezageeza' Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has claimed that the Tories are the Workers’ Party. That's the same Party who have made it easier to sack workers. The Party who have made working people who have been unfairly sacked stump up £1200 to get justice at a tribunal. The Party who allowed employers to bribe workers to give up their rights at work. The Party who took the EU to court to stop a tough cap on bankers' bonuses. The Party who have presided over a 2.2% pay cut for workers in every year since 2010 Howie'
  • Score: 0

6:28am Wed 7 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

The petty squabbling of men wearing ties all looks rather silly when contrasted with the real problems of the real world.
The petty squabbling of men wearing ties all looks rather silly when contrasted with the real problems of the real world. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 6

11:24am Wed 7 May 14

eezageeza says...

Howie' wrote:
eezageeza wrote:
sylwebydd wrote:
eezageeza wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone
So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?
I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service
Like you 'eezageeza' Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has claimed that the Tories are the Workers’ Party. That's the same Party who have made it easier to sack workers. The Party who have made working people who have been unfairly sacked stump up £1200 to get justice at a tribunal. The Party who allowed employers to bribe workers to give up their rights at work. The Party who took the EU to court to stop a tough cap on bankers' bonuses. The Party who have presided over a 2.2% pay cut for workers in every year since 2010
I never said The Tory party was the new party of the working man I never mentioned any party if you read my comments ,you just assumed that
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sylwebydd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: Paul Flynn is a busted flush as a politician he has only ever had one "victory" and that was banning bull bars on 4x4 vehicles he has been a waste of space and why people voted for him I do not know,probably because he was Labour and for no other reason ...he's had a good living and a free ride for many years now off the taxpayer but it's time to get serious if you want some bang for your buck on the political front now is the time to act sensibly and use your vote where you think it will do the most good and not where your grandparents put it as those days are long gone[/p][/quote]So are you suggesting that we should vote for the tory butchers?[/p][/quote]I.m saying in these days now that the Labour party are not so much for the benefit of the average working man in the street but more for advancement of the career politician who is usually of privileged upbringing we should all be more careful and aware of who we vote for,politics is a serious business and for some unscrupulous types it is just means to an end ...as can be seen by how many politicians offspring now seem to want to join the ranks of this public and frankly quite lucrative service[/p][/quote]Like you 'eezageeza' Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has claimed that the Tories are the Workers’ Party. That's the same Party who have made it easier to sack workers. The Party who have made working people who have been unfairly sacked stump up £1200 to get justice at a tribunal. The Party who allowed employers to bribe workers to give up their rights at work. The Party who took the EU to court to stop a tough cap on bankers' bonuses. The Party who have presided over a 2.2% pay cut for workers in every year since 2010[/p][/quote]I never said The Tory party was the new party of the working man I never mentioned any party if you read my comments ,you just assumed that eezageeza
  • Score: 7

11:44am Wed 7 May 14

county mad says...

Dont forget Mrs Thatcher ate babies and Winston Churchill was Hitlers best mate ,if you are dragging up 'horror stories' about the nasty party
Dont forget Mrs Thatcher ate babies and Winston Churchill was Hitlers best mate ,if you are dragging up 'horror stories' about the nasty party county mad
  • Score: -1

2:21pm Wed 7 May 14

welshmen says...

LABOUR, can't call them a Government, they were the most traitorous bunch of loonies who ever took oath to have a duty of care for British Natives, they wantonly set out to destroy the British Native and Culture by mass EU & third world Immigration.

In ten years never done anything for our Country except give us the biggest National Dept in our Countries History, didn't open any Coal-mines or Steelworks reportedly shut by Thatcher, at least Thatcher fought for the British Natives unlike Labour and their from £000. to £Millionaire's in their Westminster Service.

They are traitors along with the Labour Voters or Red Commies, still singing their song at their Commie get-together's once a year "Keep The Red Rag Flying Here" ED no brains Milipeade and his cronies another bunch of Commies in waiting, yes, waiting to lose.

UKIP will beat them in the EU and General Elections, did you see Millipeade on the leftest BBC Marr show, when asked by Nigel for a Debate he just scwirmed and made stupid remarks about nothing and refused, what a coward Ed no guts is, and all you Labour voters think he's the next British Prim-minister..HaHaH
aHaHa.....HaHaHaHa..
.Labour Loonies...
LABOUR, can't call them a Government, they were the most traitorous bunch of loonies who ever took oath to have a duty of care for British Natives, they wantonly set out to destroy the British Native and Culture by mass EU & third world Immigration. In ten years never done anything for our Country except give us the biggest National Dept in our Countries History, didn't open any Coal-mines or Steelworks reportedly shut by Thatcher, at least Thatcher fought for the British Natives unlike Labour and their from £000. to £Millionaire's in their Westminster Service. They are traitors along with the Labour Voters or Red Commies, still singing their song at their Commie get-together's once a year "Keep The Red Rag Flying Here" ED no brains Milipeade and his cronies another bunch of Commies in waiting, yes, waiting to lose. UKIP will beat them in the EU and General Elections, did you see Millipeade on the leftest BBC Marr show, when asked by Nigel for a Debate he just scwirmed and made stupid remarks about nothing and refused, what a coward Ed no guts is, and all you Labour voters think he's the next British Prim-minister..HaHaH aHaHa.....HaHaHaHa.. .Labour Loonies... welshmen
  • Score: 5

2:59pm Wed 7 May 14

Captain Tripps says...

welshmen wrote:
LABOUR, can't call them a Government, they were the most traitorous bunch of loonies who ever took oath to have a duty of care for British Natives, they wantonly set out to destroy the British Native and Culture by mass EU & third world Immigration.

In ten years never done anything for our Country except give us the biggest National Dept in our Countries History, didn't open any Coal-mines or Steelworks reportedly shut by Thatcher, at least Thatcher fought for the British Natives unlike Labour and their from £000. to £Millionaire's in their Westminster Service.

They are traitors along with the Labour Voters or Red Commies, still singing their song at their Commie get-together's once a year "Keep The Red Rag Flying Here" ED no brains Milipeade and his cronies another bunch of Commies in waiting, yes, waiting to lose.

UKIP will beat them in the EU and General Elections, did you see Millipeade on the leftest BBC Marr show, when asked by Nigel for a Debate he just scwirmed and made stupid remarks about nothing and refused, what a coward Ed no guts is, and all you Labour voters think he's the next British Prim-minister..HaHaH

aHaHa.....HaHaHaHa..

.Labour Loonies...
Excellent . Well said . At least with Miliband in charge of the Labour Party there is zero chance of them getting in next year .

Ps what you have said above shows the Left for what they really are . Well done again .
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: LABOUR, can't call them a Government, they were the most traitorous bunch of loonies who ever took oath to have a duty of care for British Natives, they wantonly set out to destroy the British Native and Culture by mass EU & third world Immigration. In ten years never done anything for our Country except give us the biggest National Dept in our Countries History, didn't open any Coal-mines or Steelworks reportedly shut by Thatcher, at least Thatcher fought for the British Natives unlike Labour and their from £000. to £Millionaire's in their Westminster Service. They are traitors along with the Labour Voters or Red Commies, still singing their song at their Commie get-together's once a year "Keep The Red Rag Flying Here" ED no brains Milipeade and his cronies another bunch of Commies in waiting, yes, waiting to lose. UKIP will beat them in the EU and General Elections, did you see Millipeade on the leftest BBC Marr show, when asked by Nigel for a Debate he just scwirmed and made stupid remarks about nothing and refused, what a coward Ed no guts is, and all you Labour voters think he's the next British Prim-minister..HaHaH aHaHa.....HaHaHaHa.. .Labour Loonies...[/p][/quote]Excellent . Well said . At least with Miliband in charge of the Labour Party there is zero chance of them getting in next year . Ps what you have said above shows the Left for what they really are . Well done again . Captain Tripps
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Wed 7 May 14

Newportg says...

Frankfurt wrote:
I think that I have misread the SNP's comments. I now gather that what they are saying is that Flynn's protest walk out shows that Westminster are not giving them a fair hearing. My only excuse is that the Argus say that his comments were "jumped on" by the SNP, whereas I think that they are supporting what he did. Like Flynn or loathe him you've got to admit that he's his own man. It's a pity that there are not more like him in that respect.
Couldn't agree more!
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: I think that I have misread the SNP's comments. I now gather that what they are saying is that Flynn's protest walk out shows that Westminster are not giving them a fair hearing. My only excuse is that the Argus say that his comments were "jumped on" by the SNP, whereas I think that they are supporting what he did. Like Flynn or loathe him you've got to admit that he's his own man. It's a pity that there are not more like him in that respect.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! Newportg
  • Score: -1

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