Ian Blackford SNP leader branded Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson a “racist” and is unfit to lead the country during PMQs on Wednesday.
He highlighted Johnson’s previous comments that he has made about Africans and Muslims and said Scottish people should be “banned” from being prime minister along with
The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow urged Blackford to withdraw his allegation of racism but he did not.
Theresa May pipped up and said whoever succeeds her “will be better for Scotland than the SNP.”
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said Johnson would be a “disaster” in 10 Downing Street.
Blackford continued to say that Johnson is “not only racist” but he is also “stoking division in communities and has a record of dishonesty.”
With an uproar in the chamber, Bercow urged the SNP leader to be “extremely careful in the language he uses.”
Bercow said, “I think it would be much better for now were he to withdraw any allegation of racism against any particular member.
“I don’t think this is the forum and I don’t think it’s the right way to behave.”
Blackford did not back down and said, “The member has called Muslim women letterboxes, he described African people as having watermelon smiles and another disgusting slur that I would never dignify by repeating.
“If that’s not racist, Mr Speaker, I don’t know what is.
“Does the prime minister honestly believe that this man is fit for the office of prime minister?”
May said to Blackford the purpose of PMQs is to “ask the prime minister about the actions of the government.”
May added, “I believe any Conservative prime minister in the future will be better for Scotland than the Scottish National Party.”