David Lidington, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Condemns Prorogation Decision

David Lidington

David Lidington, until recently the Deputy Prime Minister in Theresa May’s Government, has condemned the decision to prorogue Parliament.

Lidington said in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme:

“If this had been done by Labour government, Jacob Rees-Mogg would have been leading the denunciations of it. Some of my Tory colleagues, who are cheering at the moment, would have been turning purple with rage.

It sets a very bad precedent for future governments. It’s a pretty good rule that if you are tempted to play around with parliamentary and constitutional procedure, is don’t do something that you wouldn’t want a government of a different party to do to you.”