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CHRISTMAS KELLY OOT; WHO'S SORRY NOW CLASHES LEAVE POLITICIANS AT LOGGERHEADS Humiliation for Labour MSP as Parly speaker bars him over union bill row.


A LABOUR MSP was kicked out of Holyrood after a blazing row with the Parliament's speaker yesterday.

James Kelly was escorted out of the chamber by security officers on the orders of Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick.

She also banned the MSP fron Holyrood today.

The pair clashed over the UK Government's controversial Trade Union Bill, which cracks down on workers' rights.

Scottish ministers tried to block the Bill from operating in Scotland, but Marwick turned down their motion.

Kelly raised a point of order on the issue yesterday, asking if the legal advice the presiding officer had been given on the matter was open to challenge.

When Marwick told him to get to the point, he replied that he could only do so if she would stop "interrupting" him.

The Presiding Officer then repeatedly ordered him to sit down - and he repeatedly refused.

On several occasions, she asked him to "desist and apologise" but he refused.

Marwick then ordered Rutherglen MSP Kelly out.

He excluded because asked to sit and refused TRICIA A series of Labour MSPs including Richard Simpson, Neil Bibby and Neil Findlay raised points of order in protest.

Speaking afterwards, Marwick said Kelly had not come to his point of order or explained what it was.

She added: "The member was excluded because I asked him to sit down. He refused to do so. I asked him repeatedly to sit down and he wouldn't do so.

"It was discourteous to the chair and that's why he was excluded under rule 7.3.1.

"He's now excluded for the rest of the day and the next sitting day."

A fuming Kelly branded Marwick's actions "completely unreasonable".

He said: "She asked me to sit down and I thought that was unfair because I hadn't been able to make my point of order.

"She then threatened me with expulsion from the chamber, which I thought was completely him down he unreasonable, bearing in mind I was just trying to make a point of order."

MARWICK " The row came after ministers tried to lodge a legislative consent memorandum (LCM), claiming Holyrood should have a say on the Trade Union Bill as it could affect devolved areas.

When Marwick turned down the motion, the Scottish Government started considering other options to block the Bill.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to campaign alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in opposition to the Bill.

Under the legislation, there would be stricter rules on when and how unions can call strikes. It's been called the biggest crackdown on workers' rights for 30 years.

THE TRANSCRIPT James Kelly (JK): "I rise to make a point of order in response to the statement from the Cabinet Secretary that the Trade Union Bill will be referred to the Devolution (Enhanced Powers) Committee, a move that I welcome.

"I do it on the back of the Presiding Officer's ruling from last week that the LCM is not competent.

"I have taken legal advice on that ruling and I do believe that the advice is open to challenge.

"I don't believe the ruling was correct in terms of executive.... Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick (TM): "And your point of order is?" JK: "I'm coming to my point of order."

TM: "Let's have it then." JK: "If you let me speak, I'll make my point of order." TM: "Mr Kelly, get to your point of order, please."

JK: "Please let me make my point of order. I will get on with it."

TM: "I want to know what the point of order is."

JK: "Yes, if you keep interrupting me, Presiding Officer."

TM: "Mr Kelly, please sit down. Mr Kelly, sit down."

JK: "I'm not going to sit down. I'll not sit down. I want to make a point of order."

TM: "Mr Kelly, please sit down." JK: "I want to make a point of order. I wasn't allowed to make the point of order because you kept interrupting me."

TM: "Mr Kelly, please resume your seat."

JK: "I don't want to resume my seat. I want to make my point of order."

TM: "Sit down, I'm speaking. Can I remind the member of the the requirement to conduct himself in a courteous and respectful manner and respect the authority of the chair.

"I am asking you to sit down. Will you please do so."

JK: "I'm not going to sit down. I want to make a point of order."

TM: "Can I remind the member of the powers I have under rule 7.3 of the standing orders, which give me the powers to exclude a member from the chamber? "I ask you now to desist and to apologise."

JK: "I very reasonably rose to make a point of order." TM: "I ask you to desist and apologise Mr Kelly."

JK: "I'm not sitting down. I want to make a point of order." TM: "Can I say the member has been asked and repeatedly warned about his conduct and asked to desist and apologise.

"The member has refused to do so.

"Under rule 7.3, I hereby require the member to leave the chamber.

"I also exclude the member from participating in the remainder of business in the chamber today and on the next sitting day.

"Can you please escort Mr Kelly from the chamber."

He was excluded because I asked him to sit down and he refused TRICIA MARWICK


OUT OF ORDER, ORDER Kelly is shellshocked as he is told to leave

SIT DOWN OR ELSE Marwick repeatedly warns Kelly that he's said enough

OFF YOU GO Security officers are called to escort him from chamber
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