As business minister Paul Scully concluded his address to MPs in the Commons on Wednesday, the SNP MP got to his feet and said: “Madam Deputy Speaker, this is an outrage.” Having been told to resume his seat by Dame Rosie Winterton, Mr Hendry refused before proceeding to pick up the parliamentary mace and proceeding towards the door of the Chamber. He was stopped by the doorkeepers, who took the mace from him.
MPs across the Chamber could be heard describing Mr Hendry’s actions as “outrageous” and referring to it as “another boring stunt”.
Dame Rosie remarked that it was “very childish”, before naming Mr Hendry and suspending him from the service of the House.
She said: “The Honourable Gentleman must resume his seat and he knows that.
“This is just showing off. The Honourable Gentleman should resume his seat.
“Otherwise I will order him to leave and name him.
“Does he want to be named? Is that what’s happening?
“If that is what is happening then we can do it.
“Oh for goodness sake, very childish.”
Mr Hendry later told The National: “My protest saw me thrown out but I don’t regret standing up for my constituents’ rights or for those of the people of Scotland for a second.”
During his speech, Mr Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) argued the Bill would “demolish devolution”.
He said: “The only reason for this Bill as it now stands is to demolish devolution. If the Government take this Bill forward today as they obviously will, that is what they will be doing.”
He added: “People in Scotland when they see the effects of this Bill will be angry about the fact that their rights are being taken away by these Tory ministers aided by their Labour bedfellows.
“They will be furious about the fact that their rights are being stripped from them and they’re listening and they’re watching and they’re seeing developments in this place and they’re understanding now that the only way to protect their Parliament, to protect their rights, to protect their democracy in Scotland is to go forward as an independent nation and they’ll be voting for that I’m sure in due course.”
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The SNP’s Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) warned her party “have not yet begun to fight”.
She said: “It’s good to see that the Government’s finally admitted that it has to listen to the concerns being raised about its appalling ignorance over devolution and how the UK currently works.
“Isn’t it bizarre that the unelected bunch along the corridor (Lords) had more appreciation of the democratic deficit at the heart of the UK than the Government of reclaiming sovereignty fame.”
She added: “Scotland faces the same situation as we did in the last quarter of the last century. A UK Government of a hue that we didn’t vote for and would not support is riding roughshod over the interests of the Scottish people and will ignore them if it can. Now this Bill will pass today obviously, but the debate will continue and we have not yet begun to fight.”