You snooze you lose! Extraordinary moment Labour peer was BANNED from speaking in the House of Lords… because he had slept through the start of the debate
A Labour peer was banned from speaking in a House of Lords debate for falling asleep in an extraordinary slapdown last night.
Lord Young of Norwood Green was bluntly told to sit down when he tried to intervene in a discussion on genetic modification.
Government frontbencher Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist swiped that he had been ‘fast asleep’ throughout the minister’s contribution and could not participate.
When Lord Young objected that he was not asleep any more, Lady Bloomfield said she had been forced to get one of the doorkeepers in the chamber to wake him up.
The comical exchange came during a debate on rules that would allow the UK to deviate from EU law on GM crops.
Lord Young of Norwood Green was bluntly told to sit down when he tried to intervene in a discussion on genetic modification
Going… during the opening speeches at 9.22pm Lord Young (top left) seems to be following the proceedings
Going… By 9.26pm the Labour peer seems to be struggling to keep his head up
Gone? By 9.28pm the peer is slumped in his chair as his colleagues continue the debate. He was then rebuked at 10pm when he tried to intervene
As he stood to speak in the debate, Lord Young said: ‘I wanted to take part in this debate because I stake my position as somebody who is a Remainer, but if there’s two things that I welcome in coming out of the Common Market, one is the CAP and this particular gene editing…’
Government whip Lady Bloomfield intervened to say: ‘I am sorry, but the noble lord was fast asleep for the entire duration of the minister’s speech.
‘He really should not participate in this debate having failed to take advantage of the ability to hear him.’
Lord Young, a former union boss who has also served as a BBC governor, replied: ‘Sorry?’
Lady Bloomfield said: ‘I am afraid the noble lord was fast asleep for the entirety of the minister’s opening speech.’
Lord Young replied that he was ‘not now’ asleep, but Lady Bloomfield said: ‘Well I had to send a note to you – in order to wake you up – by the doorkeeper.’
Environment minister Lord Benyon said the The Draft Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2022 would allow the UK to ‘remain at the forefront’ of research into GM crops.
Government frontbencher Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist swiped that he had been ‘fast asleep’ throughout the minister’s contribution and could not participate