The Speaker of the House of Commons has demanded that the Chancellor Rishi Sunak should resign after he has given a series of pre-Budget briefings to the media instead of announcing them in Parliament first.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle is furious as the government has been leaking finance policies to the media instead to making formal announcements in Parliament.
Sir Lindsay accused government Ministers of trying to “run roughshod” over Parliament and warned that previous Minister “walked” if they gave a brief to the press.
Sir Lindsay said in a statement to MPs, “At one time ministers did the right thing if they briefed before a Budget, they walked.”
The Speaker who was quite clearly irritated reprimanded the Treasury and various MPs in the Commons were shouting “resign.”
The Speaker said to the MPs heckles of resign, “Yes absolutely, resign.
“It seems to me we’ve got ourselves in a position that if you’ve not got it out five days before it’s not worth putting out.
“I’ve got to say, members are elected to this House to represent their constituents, those constituents quite rightly expect the MP to hear it first in order to be able to listen to what the Budget is about, but also for the days following that to be able to hold them to account.
“It’s not acceptable and the Government shouldn’t try to run roughshod over this House, it will not happen.”
This comes as the government have announced the national living wage rise and there will be an additional £6bn to the NHS with a further £2.6bn for children who have special educational needs.
The Labour Chancellor Hugh Dalton was forced to resign in 1947 after he leaked parts of his Budget statement to the press.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, “We recognise the importance of keeping Parliament and the public informed when decisions are taken, as the government has endeavoured to do throughout the pandemic.
“We will always seek to ensure arrangements are made so Parliament is informed and that we reach the public at the same time.
“Obviously the Chancellor will make his full Budget statement to the House as expected on Wednesday.”