STEPHEN Flynn has categorically denied reports that claimed SNP MPs would “disengage” from Westminster in protest at a row with the Speaker.

The SNP Westminster group has been embroiled in a row with Lindsay Hoyle over his decision to allow a Labour amendment on a Gaza ceasefire to be heard, scuppering the group the opportunity to allow MPs to hold a formal vote on their motion.

Hoyle later apologised to the SNP, but has been facing calls to resign amid allegations he was pressured into the move by UK Labour leader Keir Starmer to stave off a rebellion. Starmer has denied threatening the Speaker. 

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And, days later, the Speaker reneged on a promise to allow the party a second attempt at holding a ceasefire vote, prompting outrage from the SNP benches.

The BBC quoted “party sources” suggesting that the SNP could disengage from Westminster in protest over the row.

However, one SNP MP rubbished the claims and told The National it was “Labour spin” attempting to discredit the party.

Flynn also denied the reports, writing on Twitter/X in response to the BBC’s claim: “No, they aren’t.

“The importance of our role has been exemplified these last few weeks, driving debate over Gaza and changing Labour Party policy.

“Until we achieve our independence, we will never leave Scotland voiceless in Westminster.”

Disengagement in the House of Commons could range from not turning up to committees where SNP MPs hold positions or taking part in debates.

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The party has long refused to engage with any calls to boycott Westminster, even as part of an independence protest.

In July 2022, Alba’s two MPs staged a protest in the Commons that ultimately saw them removed from the Chamber and temporarily suspended.

Then-first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she did not support her party engaging in a boycott as it was “gesture politics”.

And, SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford has previously said the party would not walk out as the public would first have to vote for them on that basis, such as with Sinn Fein members who do not take up their seats.