More than 90 MPs now back call for Lindsay Hoyle to quit over Gaza vote controversy as Commons Speaker cuts an unusual quiet figure at Prime Minister’s Questions

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is facing deepening opposition from MPs with more than 90 now backing a move to replace him.

The Parliamentary referee is facing continued anger from the Tories and the SNP over his handling of a vote last week on support for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Some 93 MPs from the two parties, as well as Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru, have signed an early day motion (EDM) of no confidence in Sir Lindsay.

That amounts to 14 per cent of all 650 members of the chamber. For context, a leadership challenge to Tory leaders is triggered if 15 per cent of party MPs vote in a similar way. 

And just 10 per cent of the electorate have to sign a recall petition to eject a sitting MP found to have brought Parliament into disrepute.

It came as Sir Lindsay cut an unusually quiet figure at Prime Minister’s Questions. He is usually quick to intervene to hush boisterous backbenchers talking over the PM and opposition leader. But he made no interventions during the half-hour session.

The Parliamentary referee is facing continued anger from the Tories and the SNP over his handling of a vote last week on support for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Sir Lindsay sparked anger when he broke with convention last week to allow a vote on a Labour amendment to the SNP’s motion for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. 

The controversial decision, which infuriated SNP and Tory MPs, meant the SNP’s motion – the original focus of the debate – was not voted on. It led to some MPs walking out in protest and the Commons quickly descended into chaos. 

The Speaker’s choice to select both a Labour amendment and a Government amendment were claimed by some to be a ‘stitch-up’ to help Sir Keir Starmer avoid another revolt on the issue. 

Sir Keir has since denied threatening Sir Lindsay to select Labour’s amendment, which backed an ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’ along with caveats over the release of Israeli hostages by Hamas.

He said he ‘simply urged’ the Speaker to have the ‘broadest possible debate’.

Senior Tories are said to be mulling a push for a Privileges Committee probe into th affair.

Ministers are said to have held talks about the plan, with the SNP also pushing for Sir Keir to be investigated. 

The Privileges Committee can recommend sanctions if they find against an MP, including a possible suspension from the Commons.

Sir Keir goaded Rishi Sunak over Nigel Farage taking his job today during brutal PMQs clashes. 

The pair exchanged vicious barbs in the Commons as Sir Keir accused Mr Sunak of ‘dancing to the tune’ of the Brexit champion.

The Labour leader raised Liz Truss arguing that Mr Farage was the person to ‘restore’ the Conservatives, swiping that the party had become the ‘political wing of the Flat Earth Society’.   

Mr Sunak pointedly refused to rule out a comeback for Mr Farage, instead boasting about the Tories’ record of producing the first Jewish, female and Asian heritage PMs.

In contrast he said Labour had only put forward people from North London.