“What happened on Capitol Hill, we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen here,” Hoyle told CNN in an exclusive TV interview.
Hoyle, who as speaker is the highest authority in the UK House of Commons, welcomes US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other counterparts to the G7 Speakers’ Summit this weekend. The in-person event takes place in his hometown of Chorley, in the North West of England, with a focus on ‘safe and open parliaments’.
“I was sitting in the chair that day. Getting a pat on the shoulder to say that a policeman is dying on the cobblestones of Parliament is something I never want to experience again,” said Hoyle.
“The tragedy of losing a rising star in this Parliament has sent shockwaves, not only to this country but to the world, to say: it is not just (a) perceived threat,” said Hoyle, who was elected president by his fellow deputies. in November 2019. “It was the real start of the shock.”
“Women parliamentarians suffer the worst. The bulk of this also goes to ethnic women parliamentarians. The fact that they feel real threats and real threats of violence against them is not acceptable,” Hoyle said. . “When a congressman says to me, ‘Lindsay, I don’t think I’m going to get up again. I don’t feel safe. My family has to come first, “I know we have to do more.”
Hoyle also spoke to CNN about the current distrust of politicians and the bitter rhetoric of political debates.
Asked how the issue should be handled – with the opposition’s allegations of lying extending to Prime Minister Boris Johnson – Hoyle said he was unable to resolve it despite being in custody the most authority in the room.
“I don’t have the power. They want me to be an impartial speaker. So that’s a political judgment (which) says ‘that’s a lie’,” Hoyle said. “If they want a political speaker, say so, make me a political speaker.
“President Pelosi is very political, but I don’t have the same power… I’m not saying I would refuse it. In fact, it’s very tempting to be able to give me that political power too. I promised was to be impartial. It is my impartiality that I must protect.
When asked if he thinks behavior in Parliament is improving, Hoyle said he genuinely thinks it is improving.
“Of course we’re going to have divergent views. That’s the raison d’être of politics,” Hoyle said. “I don’t want them all to be okay with each other. That would be pretty boring for me too. So it’s about having excitement in the bedroom, but it’s also about to control that excitement as well. ”