Labor MPs office managers groan on WhatsApp chat that Parliament’s early recall to allow tribute to Prince Philip “will be a 90-minute circular jolt of what a great man he was”.
- Labor apparatchiks groaned at the Commons recall for tributes to Prince Philip
- Office managers called it “a 90-minute circular jolt of what a great man he was”.
- Parliament will be recalled with the House of Commons to sit at 2:30 p.m. on Monday
- MPs were due to return to Commons on Tuesday April 13th from Easter recess
- Spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle said the duke “served his country with distinction”
The Labor Party apparatchiks groaned in a WhatsApp chat that the Commons recalled Monday for tributes to Prince Philip. After the Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99, this will be a “90-minute circular jolt”.
Labor MPs office managers’ chat screenshots released by Guido Show Party insiders are unhappy with the decision to recall Parliament from its Easter break to pay tribute to the Queen’s husband.
The site said the news featured Jay Glover, MP Alison McGovern’s office manager, who responded to a WhatsApp message thread calling back for honors as a “90-minute circle jerk of what a great man.” he was “called.
Guido reported that MP Mohammad Yassin’s office manager, Gen McMahon, also told the group: “It will be unbearable”.
In a statement, Ms. McGovern said, “As soon as I was made aware of the news, I asked the team member to apologize, which he immediately did.” MailOnline has also approached Labor and Mr. Yassin’s office for comment.
No. 10 and parliamentary officials confirmed the move to convene the House of Commons again on Monday from 2.30 p.m., one day earlier than planned.
The Lords were due to return from recess as early as 1 p.m. Monday, but officials said they would finalize the agreements and make any adjustments to the deal.
Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle called today “apparently a very sad day for Her Majesty, the Royal Family and all of the country” after Buckingham Palace announced the Duke’s death at Windsor Castle this morning.
In a statement, he said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has given the Queen his unwavering support, both as husband and wife.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons spokesman, said the Duke of Edinburgh served Britain with “distinction”.
Described by Her Majesty as “my constant strength”, he also served this country, initially with distinction during World War II and selflessly for eight decades in peacetime.
Prince Philip has held wide-ranging official functions and carried out thousands of engagements and overseas visits on behalf of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“He will be remembered for his faithful dedication to the ministry and guidance of the hundreds of ideals and concerns that are close to his heart.
“Most notably, of course, is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which helps millions of young people around the world reach their full potential as team members and future leaders in their chosen areas.
“His life was long and there was so much commitment to duty. Today we must pause to honor him and express our sincere gratitude for the prince’s pious loyalty to our country – and all nations will miss him dearly. ‘
The House of Commons most recent recall from hiatus was on January 6 to allow MPs to discuss Covid-19 emergency legislation.
Other recent recalls are June 20, 2016, so that MPs can pay tribute to their murdered colleague Jo Cox.
It comes when former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn also came under fire for keeping silent about the news of the Duke’s death before posting a tribute to Philip hours later.
The independent MP had posted a link to an event in a now-deleted tweet calling on people to support the Bolivian people less than 40 minutes after news of the Duke’s death was announced.
One social media user said, “A man died who did a lot for this nation, and Jeremy would rather tweet about Bolivia … speaks volumes.” Another suggested his “great timing” while others told him to “read the Jeremy room”.
Another Twitter user urged Mr. Corbyn to “take the news on buddy,” while another claimed, “Bro [Mr Corbyn] said no to Phillip and yes to Bolivia ‘. MailOnline has requested a comment from Mr. Corbyn’s office.
News of the Duke’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace at noon after he passed “peacefully” this morning.
His death grieves the nation and the royal family and ends Philip’s lifetime for Great Britain and Elizabeth, the Queen, to whom he was married for 73 years and whom she had adored since her youth.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the Duke standing on the steps of Downing Street and described the Duke’s service to the nation as “exceptional”.