For immediate release: Monday 6 February 2017

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ALEX SALMOND: SPEAKER’S COMMENTS ON TRUMP ADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT SHOW ‘BACKBONE’

Alex Salmond MP has said the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has shown ‘backbone’ by saying he would not support an address by President Donald Trump to both Houses of Parliament in his forthcoming State Visit.

The Speaker made the statement in response to a point of order in the House of Commons this afternoon.   

Alex Salmond MP said:

"Well done to Speaker Bercow - people across the political spectrum have been waiting for somebody to show a bit of backbone against President Trump – not to be obsequious or to lay down before him like the Prime Minister has done.

"As Speaker, he is quite within his rights of course - this was to be an address from Westminster Hall and that is within the province of the Speaker. Speaker Bercow has made his declaration and I am right behind him. Four more years for Speaker Bercow."

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