Chancellor chastised

Speaker tells meandering Javid: ‘stick to Commons rule book’

Off track: Sajid Javid was criticised by the Speaker

Chancellor Sajid Javid was today repeatedly chastised by the Speaker for veering off the subject as he delivered his spending review.

Mr Javid made several attempts to offer reassurances that Britain would prosper whether or not it secured a Brexit deal with the European Union.

Delivering his first set-piece statement, he said he understood the uncertainty was “challenging”, but added: “If we leave with No Deal we will be ready.

However, after stating that the real fear of business was “the agenda of the party opposite” he was halted for a second time by Speaker John Bercow for failing to follow procedure.

“It really is very, very unseemly, and I’m sorry to have to say that to the Chancellor of the Exchequer,” said Mr Bercow who reminded the House that he alone determined the Commons rule book.

He added: “I say what I say with a heavy heart and not without reflection that there is a procedure to statements of this kind… and it bothers me greatly that the right honourable gentleman in the course of a statement seems to be veering into matters outwith – not even tangental – unrelated to the spending round upon which he is focused.”

Mr Javid’s tone had been picked up from the start when former Chancellor Ken Clarke, who was expelled from the party yesterday, raised a point of order.

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