UK House Speaker says no one above the law as gov’t accused of blackmail
23 January 2022 | 6:21 am
The UK's Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle said no one is above the law and encouraged lawmakers to speak to him after a senior Conservative lawmaker accused the British government of intimidation on Thursday.
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