JACOB Rees-Mogg has said that he thought Pete Wishart would be "in mourning" today because of the anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk.

The House of Commons leader made the comment in the Commons after the SNP MP appeared in a cheery mood to wish MPs a happy break.

Rees-Mogg noted Wishart's happy mood, saying: "I'm delighted to see that the honourable gentlemen from and member for Perth and North Perthshire has started his holiday early and seems clearly to be enjoying it already from his vastness in Perthshire. 

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"I thought he might be in mourning today because it is of course the anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk in 1298 which was not one of the most glorious events in Scottish history.

"The victory of King Edward I on that occasion is one that we are all aware of."

The Battle of Falirk took place on July 22, 1298 and was one of the major battles in the first war of Scottish independence

It was led by King Edward I of England who defeated the Scots, led by William Wallace.

Wishart also thanked Commons staff for their work during the Covid pandemic and urged Westminster to make virtual proceedings a permanent feature of democracy.

He said: “It almost feels like democratic vandalism to tear them down now.

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"But it also seems like madness to remove them when infections and hospitalisations are doubling weekly with the out of control Johnson variant, and we have absolutely no idea where we will be when we come back in September.”

But Rees-Mogg replied: “This House works better when people are here.”

He added: "We do a better job of representing our constituents and holding Ministers to account and that leads to better government. We have a duty to be back for the good of democracy."