THE SNP’s leader at Westminster has called for a vote of no confidence in Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.

Stephen Flynn told MPs that the SNP benches did not believe Hoyle could continue in the role after Westminster was plunged into chaos by his decision to allow a Labour amendment to be debated on the SNP’s opposition day.

Flynn said the decision was Hoyle’s alone as he asked how a vote of no confidence could be brought. According to the UK parliament website, speakers cannot be removed during a parliamentary term unless by resignation or death.

Almost 60 MPs have already signed an Early Day Motion from Tory MP William Wragg saying they do not have confidence in the Speaker.

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Speaking in the Commons on Thursday, Flynn said: “Mr Speaker, last evening we saw the best of this House and its ability to debate and we also saw the worst of this House as it descended into farce.

“And I think I speak for everyone in the chamber just now, and indeed yesterday, when I expressed my deep sorrow that that was able to happen given the content of what it was we were debating.

“Nevertheless, Mr Speaker, it descended into farce because of a decision that you made and you alone made to ignore the advice that was given to you by the clerks.

“In doing so, on the opposition day of the Scottish National Party, my colleagues and I were denied the ability to vote on the matter which is of grave concern to us, and which over recent months we have sought to raise in this chamber at every available opportunity. It ultimately turned into a Labour opposition day and that quite frankly, is not acceptable.

“As I have expressed to you privately prior to proceedings here today, we do not on these benches therefore believe that you can continue in your role as Speaker. We do not have confidence in your ability to do so.

“So I would therefore seek clarity either from yourself or indeed from the leader of the House as to how we can best facilitate a vote in this chamber at the earliest possible occasion to that effect.”

Responding, Hoyle offered the SNP an emergency debate on a ceasefire in Gaza and reiterated his apology. He said his decision had been made after a security discussion with police.

He said: “I will reiterate. I made a judgment call that didn’t end up in the position where I expected it to.

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“I regret it. I apologise to the SNP. I apologise and I apologise to the House. I made a mistake. We do make mistakes. I own up to mine.

“I would say that we can have an SO24 [Standing Order 24, which allows emergency debates] to get an immediate debate because the debate is so important to this House.

“I will defend every member in this House. Every member matters to me in this House.”

Hoyle added: “And it has been said, both sides, I never ever want to go through a situation where I pick up a phone to find a friend, of whatever side, has been murdered by terrorists.”

Earlier, Commons leader Penny Mordaunt had said Hoyle's decision had "serious consequences" and said she was sympathetic to giving Labour opposition time to the SNP.