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Call for Speaker to ask Russia to update sanctions list after Welsh MP upset to have been left off it

28 Apr 2022 3 minute read
Sir Lindsay Hoyle (left) and Rhondda MP Chris Bryant (right). UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor.

The speaker of the House of Commons has been urged to send Russia an updated list of MPs to sanction after one Welsh representative was upset to have been left off it.

The Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday it was taking action against 287 members of the House of Commons in revenge for sanctions against Russian politicians.

But the list was out of date, featuring several former MPs such as Sir Oliver Letwin, Dominic Grieve and Justine Greening – who all had the whip withdrawn for rebelling over Brexit and were no longer MPs after the 2019 election.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant was unhappy to have been left off the list and the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said that he would consider sending an updated list to ensure he was included.

He described the suggestion as a “very interesting idea” and agreed he “ought to write to the speaker” of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

He added that Chris Bryant was “really uptight, after all the hard work he had done, that he did not achieve what others have been granted … without any effort whatsoever”.

‘Badge of honour’

Labour’s Mr Bryant had encouraged the Government to go further and faster with sanctions against Russia and named prominent allies of its President Vladimir Putin in the Commons Chamber.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, he said: “Amazingly I’m not on the list of MPs sanctioned by the Russian Federation. I can only presume that they accept that everything I’ve said about them is true.”

He later suggested the Russian Federation is “a bit incompetent” for including former MPs on its list.

The call to send an updated list came from SNP MP Stewart M McDonald, for Glasgow South, who raised a point of order.

“You will know, and members will know, that yesterday the government of the Russian federation sanctioned a number of members of this House, including yourself, Mr Speaker, but that list also included individuals who are no longer members of the House,” he said.

“Can I suggest, Mr Speaker, that you write to your counterpart in the Russian State Duma, giving them an updated list of current members of Parliament?

“Because some of us would very much like to have that badge of honour of being sanctioned by the Russian state.”

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s department announced the move in response to the UK sanctioning 386 members of the Duma last month.


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
7 months ago

Alwsays wants to be the centre of attention, that Bryant!!! :/

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Seriously petulant attention seeking creep. Makes you wish that a couple of Putin’s bad boys came to pay him a visit. There again he must just enjoy that !

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
7 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Ive little time for bryant but suggesting putin’s murder squads ‘pay him a visit’ is shocking ‘h’

R W
R W
7 months ago

Why is NC so obsessed with printing stories about the nauseating Bryant? Give us a break NC!!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago
Reply to  R W

Whether you think Chris Bryant story is newsworthy or not is your opinion only. But Nation Cymru’s article is relevant in today’s climate however childish Chris Bryant is seeing we are on the cusp of WW3 due to this Conservative idiocracy in London fanning the flames with Liz Truss inflammatory language & actions towards a paranoid Russia seeing Putin has his finger hovering over the Nuclear button.

R W
R W
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

This isn’t really a story about the Ukraine conflict. It’s simply an excuse for Bryant’ to further push his attention seeking ego.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

So Chris Bryant is offended he wasn’t sanctioned by Russia. It’s all just a game isn’t it. No wonder Westminster politics & Britain broken.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

Bryant was speaking sarcastically after Michael Fabricant wasted PMQ time by claiming that his inclusion on the list was the proudest moment of his career. Hoyle joined in the urine extraction by pointedly adding “…without any effort whatsoever.”

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Anything Michael Fabricant says I instantly go to my happy place. Cannot stand the man. But Chris Bryant is known for being a self-promoter, so don’t be surprised he was really upset when Putin saw fit to leave him out of his sanction list. And it’s ironic in a way concerning Fabricant seeing the Tories under William Pit were once known as the whigs.

Last edited 7 months ago by Y Cymro
hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Fabricant, Bryant, the boy/girl from Bridgend, JRM, Shapps, Truss, Starmer, the unnamed Tory M.P viewing porn in the House, and Boris himself – just a few of the empty vessels playing to the gallery while the real pressing issues this country ( or these 4 countries) face/s go ignored or not given a serious depth of consideration.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
7 months ago

Sobering to think that if it was a list of ukrainian politicians they wouldnt be being sanctioned by the Putin regime – they’d be being arrested or murdered! The invading russian military is given a list of elected politicians in every ukrainian town and city they attack, with the local politicians targeted for immediate arrest and or execution.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
7 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Lists being compiled for a possible (show) trial in the future, of Aidar, Right Sector, Azov, Kraken, Tornado, perhaps also the SBU guys? Pow’s shirts are removed, checking for certain tattoos. A Swastika, Black Sun badge or tattoo will ensure immediate arrest.
btw, missing insignia on captured German troops during WW2 almost guaranteed a trip behind the bushes.

Last edited 7 months ago by I.Humphrys

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