'New quiet man of politics!' Tories mock SNP's Ian Blackford as Scot loses voice

Ian Blackford has been the focus of jokes from the Conservative Government benches after losing his voice while addressing Parliament during PMQ.  The SNP MP struggled through his questions to the Prime Minister with his voice audibly began to fail him. In response, Conservative MP Anthony Mangnall labelled the Scotsman the “new quiet man of British politics,” which triggered a chorus of laughter around the chamber.

Ian Blackford croaked as he demanded the Prime Minister “stand up and guaranteed a ring-fence budget for tidal stream energy and save this valuable industry from being lost, overseas.”

When Mr Mangnall rose to address the House, the Tory MP made a point of poking fun and the SNP’s leader in Westminster.

He remarked: “It’s always a pleasure to follow the honourable gentleman and the new quiet man of British politics.”

The label “quiet man of politics” refers to the nickname given to former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan-Smith.


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