Lloyd Russell-Moyle divides opinion with his mace-grabbing antics
Watch: The Labour MP sparked incredible scenes in the House of Commons
“Thankfully they haven’t locked me in the Tower of London,” tweeted Lloyd Russell-Moyle on Monday evening.
“But if they had I’d expect May to be in the cell next to me for her treatment of Parliament today. I’m allowed back tomorrow after my symbolic protest against this government, wish May wasn’t allowed back.”
The Labour MP had seized the ceremonial mace in protest at Theresa May’s decision to call off her Brexit vote. Less heroically, he then appeared unsure of his next step and handed the mace back to Commons officials.
“They stopped me before I got out of the chamber and I wasn’t going to struggle with someone wearing a huge sword on their hip,” he told reporters afterwards.
Conservative MPs were clearly unimpressed, with various MPs shouting “disgrace” and “expel him” as he raised the five-foot silver gilt object representing the Queen’s authority in parliament.
Meanwhile, leading political playwright James Graham has made it clear there are no plans for a new production about Russell-Moyle's heroic antics in the Commons chamber. Rather, Graham inidcated that he preferred the original version.
But at least the Labour MP was “hailed like a hero” when he went for a pint at the Red Lion pub in Westminster…