Chris Chope (aka knicker man) is in the news again for blocking a bill to celebrate women’s suffrage. His Tory colleague, Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood called him an “embarrassment” and a “dinosaur”.
Sir Christopher said his actions were motivated by a concern that proper parliamentary procedure was being bypassed, and by a desire to see bills properly debated. This didn’t stop him submitting his own bills in the same way.
His ‘concerns’ were also dismissed by colleagues. North Dorset MP Simon Hoare said the bill would have been debated properly without the interjection.