Bombshell report on ‘manhandling’ and ‘bullying’ of MPs to be handed to Speaker after chaotic scenes at Truss vote

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COMMONS Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is set to receive a bombshell report on the “manhandling” and “bullying” of Tory MPs on Monday.

The report comes after a chaotic night in the Commons last week saw politicians physically pushed into voting lobbies and yelled out by ministers following a Liz Truss government screw-up.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle will receive a report on Monday investigating whether Tory MPs were ‘bullied’ and ‘manhandled’ during a vote

Whips told Tory MPs that a controversial Labour vote on fracking last Wednesday would also serve as a “vote of confidence” in the Truss government.

This meant any MP who voted against it would lose the whip and be forced to sit as an independent.

Just minutes before MPs were due to vote, Climate Minister Graham Stuart indicated there had been a major climbdown and it was not a confidence vote anymore.

From there all hell broke loose as some confused politicians were then told by Cabinet ministers that Mr Stuart was wrong.

Labour MP Chris Bryant claimed then-Deputy PM ­Therese Coffey and then-Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg were among a gang putting pressure on MPs when they went to vote.

Mr Bryant claimed some were “physically manhandled” and said he saw up to 20 politicians all “surrounding a couple of Conservative MPs who were wavering as to how they should vote”.

Mr Bryant told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was very aggressive, very angry, there was a lot of shouting, there was a lot of pointing, gesticulating, there was at least one hand on another MP, and to me that was clear bullying, intimidation.”

He added: “I saw a whole swathe of MPs effectively pushing one member straight through the door and I’ve seen photographic evidence of one MP’s hand on another.”

Mr Bryant said other Labour and Tory MPs told him that it was “clearly manhandling”.

The day after the shambolic vote Ms Truss resigned from the top job, paving the way for Rishi Sunak to be named PM.

And Sir Lindsay ordered Commons officials to investigate the chaotic scenes.

A report is due on his desk on Monday morning.

This morning the Speaker told Good Morning Britain he doesn’t want to “pre-judge” its findings.

He said: “That report should be with me on Monday. I will look at that report. In fairness, I know a lot of people have interviewed. People have been asked about what happened.

“I won’t pre-judge this report – that would be wrong of me.

“On Monday, I will go through it and I will decide and take a view once I’ve read that in-depth report of the behaviour of that night.”

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