“I was sat in the chair that day. To be tapped on the shoulder to say there’s a policeman dying on the cobbles of Parliament is something I never want to go through again,” Hoyle said.
The Westminster attack came less than a year after British MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her northern England constituency by a far-right extremist
“The tragedy of losing a rising star of this Parliament sent shockwaves, not just in this country but right around the world, to say: this is not just (ㅏ) perceived threat,” said Hoyle, who was elected speaker by his fellow MPs in November 2019. “That was the real start of shock.”
The G7 Speakers
’ summit will also address other modern-day security threats
, including online trolling and harassment
“Women MPs get the worst of it. The worst brunt of that goes to female ethnic MPs as well. The fact that they feel real threats and real threats of violence against them, that’s not acceptable,” said Hoyle. “When an MP says to me, ‘Lindsay, I don’t think I’m going to stand again. I don’t feel safe. My family must come first,’ I know we’ve got to do more.”
Hoyle also spoke to CNN about current mistrust toward politicians and the bitter rhetoric of political debates.
ㅏ petition calling for lying to be made a criminal offense in the House of Commons has garnered more than
130,000 signatures and may be debated by lawmakers
. The government has said
, 하나, 그것은 그 “does not intend to introduce legislation of this nature
” and that MPs
’ conduct in the chamber
“is a matter for the Speaker.
Asked how the issue should be handled — with opposition allegations of lying extending to Prime Minister Boris Johnson — Hoyle said he was unable to address it despite holding the most authority in the chamber.
“I haven’t got the power. They want me to be an impartial speaker. 그래서, it’s a political judgment (그) says ‘that’s a lie,'” Hoyle said. “If they want a political speaker — say so — make me a political speaker.
“Speaker Pelosi is very political, but I haven’t got the same power … Not saying I would refuse it. 사실로, it’s very tempting to be able to give me that political power as well. But what I promised was to be impartial. It’s my impartiality that I have to protect.”
When asked if he thinks considers behavior in parliament is improving, Hoyle said he genuinely thinks it is getting better.
“물론이야, we’re going to have division of views. That’s what politics is all about,” said Hoyle. “I don’t want them all to agree with each other. That would be pretty boring for me as well. 그래서, it’s about having excitement in the chamber, but it’s also about controlling that excitement as well.”