MPs are only allowed to talk about members of the Royal Family in tightly defined circumstances and in a “very respectful” manner.
Labour MP Paul Flynn accuses Commons of censorship over Prince Andrew
by Wendy Fuller
A LABOUR MP yesterday accused the Commons authorities of “censorship” after he was prevented from speaking about the conduct of Prince Andrew.
Paul Flynn wanted to discuss the behaviour of the Duke of York in his role as trade envoy.
The royal has come under scrutiny for his dealings with foreign dictatorships and links with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.
But under Parliamentary rules MPs are only allowed to talk about members of the Royal Family in tightly defined circumstances and in a “very respectful” manner.
Mr Flynn was stopped from referring to Prince Andrew by Tory MP Peter Bone, who was chairing the debate.
Last night Mr Flynn, MP for Newport West, said: “Why on Earth should the only people to have their mouths bandaged on this issue be elected members?”
He said he would be applying for a fresh debate.