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House of Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle faced criticism of his handling of a Gaza debate
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The UK parliament's ancient and obscure rules don't often make the headlines, but they did this week after furious MPs walked out of the Commons in protest at a controversial procedural decision.

Members on both sides left the chamber after speaker Lindsay Hoyle upended parliamentary convention by allowing amendments from both the government and Labour on an SNP motion calling for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza. Hoyle cited concerns over the safety of politicians, but dozens of Tory and SNP MPs signed a motion of no-confidence calling for him to resign.

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