A Labour MP has been suspended from the House of Commons for five days after angry exchanges over the decision to approve a new Heathrow runway.
John McDonnell was sanctioned after he picked up the mace, the ornamental club which represents the royal authority of Parliament, in a breach of protocol.
The Hayes and Harlington MP said the decision not to hold a vote on the runway was a "national disgrace".
Anyone manhandling the mace is considered in contempt of Parliament.
During a statement by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on Heathrow Mr McDonnell left his seat, grabbed the mace - which dates from the reign of Charles II - and put it down on an empty bench on the Labour side of the House.
While doing so, he shouted: "It's a disgrace to the democracy of this country."
This is about asserting the right of MPs to decide the policies of this country and not having them bulldozed through without a vote in the House of Commons
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